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September 21st, 2010
Texas State players to present 'Electra'

STAFF REPORT

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State will present a modern adaptation of the Greek classic “Electra” next month.

The shows will run Oct. 5-9 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. on the main stage of the theatre center on campus.

One of the great works of the golden age of Greek theatre, Electra is based on Homer’s tales of the Trojan wars. The play presents murder, betrayal, obsession and vengeance, and explores the darker side of humanity in its portrayal of a family at war with itself.  Where justice is not possible, revenge becomes the only recourse.

“The themes Greeks were dealing with centuries ago are still very relevant today,” said Director Michael Costello, who is head of acting and professor of acting and directing at Texas State. “The driving force of the play is revenge — is revenge justice?”

Costello said the production will bring “Electra” into the 21st century, using multimedia and a modern adaptation by Frank McGuinness.

“We communicate to modern audiences more with images,” Costello said. “In Greek times, it was more spoken words. I think this will be a very interesting experience. It’s a very dynamic piece.”

The play also will include original music by Richard Hall and choreography by Ana Baer Carrillo.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $7 for students. To reserve tickets, contact the Texas State box office at (512) 245-2204.

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