MCCC Drama Students To Perform Greek Tragedy,
"Iphigenia in Aulis" Nov. 10-18

10/10/06


Drama students from Mercer County Community College will embrace one of the great Greek tragedies when they perform "Iphigenia in Aulis" at the college's Studio Theatre, CM 122, on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. The Studio Theatre is located next to Kelsey Theatre on the college's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

The Greek fleet assembles in the bay of Aulis ready to launch an attack on Troy, but the wind suddenly drops and the ships stand idle. The army blames its leader, Agamemnon, who, in danger of losing his command, arrives at a solution: to sacrifice his own daughter to the Gods in return for a favorable wind. "Iphigenia in Aulis," written in 410 B.C., is the last surviving work of the playwright Euripides. First produced years his death, the play won first prize at the ancient Greek Festival Dionysia.

Appearing in "Iphigenia" are: Stephanie Landau as Iphigenia, David Hamm as Agamemnon, Damian Gaeta as Menelaus, Kyrus Westcott as Achilles, and Deena Jiles as Clytemnestra. Also featured are Melanie Britten, Josiah DeAndrea, Clayton Gage, Michael Gervasoni, Ricki Hearns, Shauri Johnson, Katie Proietti, and Michelle Wood.

"Iphigenia in Aulis" is directed by Louis Wells, who earned a master's in Fine Arts from Rutgers University and has directed productions at George Street Playhouse. The show is produced by Jody Person, coordinator of the MCCC Drama program. In selecting the show, Person notes that it is one of the great dramas, addressing universal themes and helping the students to reach further as actors. "We will update it in some ways. The Greek chorus will perform with an 'indy folk' sound," Person said. "The actors relate to the characters by conjuring up images of famous people in modern times in order to make connections with the ancient world."

Tickets for "Iphigenia in Aulis" are $12 for adults, and $10 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.

The cast includes, front row, l. to r., Deena Martin, Melanie Britten, Michelle Wood and Katie Proietti; back row, l. to r., Kyrus Westcott, Clayton Gage, Michael Gervasoni, David Hamm, Ricki Gervasoni, Josiah DeAndrea and Damian Gaeta.
Left to right, Stephanie Landau,
David Hamm, and Melanie Britten.
Kyrus Westcott and Katie Proietti.
Left to right, Damian Gaeta, Clayton Gage,
Katie Proietti, Melanie Britten,
David Hamm and Michelle Wood.
Left to right, Katie Proietti, Melanie Britten and Michelle Wood.

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