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Modern adaptation brings Greek classic to a 21st century audience

By Alec Jennings
University News Service
September 20, 2010

Electra


The Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Theatre and Dance presents a modern adaptation of the Greek classic Electra 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.

Considered 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 Michael Costello, play director, 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 using a modern adaptation by Frank McGuinness as well as multimedia, the production will bring Electra’s tragedy into the 21st century.

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

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

Tickets are $10 general admission and $7 for students. To reserve tickets, please contact the Texas State box office at (512) 245-2204. For more information, please call the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance at (512) 245-2147.