Electra & Orestes
Continuing its commitment to producing new work by female playwrights, 20% Theatre Company Chicago is proud to present the world premiere adaptation of ELECTRA & ORESTES directed and adapted by Melissa Albertario.
Seeking retribution for the murder of her eldest daughter, Queen Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus have murdered King Agamemnon. Electra bore witness to her father's brutal death and in order to protect the family's legacy, she secretly sent her young brother Orestes, the rightful heir to the crown, into exile. Even through relentless punishment from her guardians, Electra vowed that she would never cease from torment and mourning, and from cursing her father's murderers- until the day when Orestes would return to deliver bloody vengeance on them and reclaim the throne. Told through a framework of interwoven texts, movements, and Sophocles's classical language, Electra & Orestes is a provocative tale of self-destruction, anxiety and revenge.
Cast and Designers
Mindy Youroukos, Zack Meyer, Claire Yearman, Benjamin Johnson, Don Markus, Jackelyn Normand*, Sophie Gatins, Anne Boyer, Laura Deger, and Lindsay Bartlett *.
Set design by Ashley Ann Woods. Lighting design by Liz Cooper*. Sound design by Mel Ruder*. Costume design by Bestey Palmer. Prop design by Makena Levine. Projection Design by Diann Squiers. Fight Choreography by Zack Meyer and Claire Yearman. Produced by Lindsay Bartlett.
*Denotes 20% Company Member.
Runs April 30th through May 22nd
Thursdays - Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 2pm
Previews: Aptil 28th & 29th @ 8 p.m.
Industry Night: Wednesday, May 11th @ 8pm
Student $10 **Student ID Required
"20% is thrilled to make a its foray into developed and adapted productions with a piece that is not only artistically beautiful, but socially relevant as well." says Artistic Director Lindsay Bartlett.
When asked why she chose this production for her debut as Resident Director for the company, Albertario responded "I was in high school when the Columbine Massacre took place.The events of that day have continued to disturb me into my adulthood and forced me to wonder why today's young people seem so ill-equipped to handle their pain... The classic story of Electra and Orestes is a terrific lens through which we can examine the ways young people in crisis express themselves as well as repercussions of those actions."
Evanston Arts Depot
600 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202
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