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Ithaca College Theatre to Kick Off New Season with 'Electra'

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College will start its 2010–11 season with the Greek tragedy, “Electra,” written by Euripides. Susannah Berryman will direct the drama, with the help of assistant Logan Ellis ’11, as they bring this timeless play to life.

Performance times are 8 p.m. on Sept. 28, Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2, and Oct. 6-9, with 2 p.m. matinees on Oct. 3 and 9. All performances will be held in the Clark Theatre in Dillingham Center.

Ticket prices for “Electra” range from $5.50 to $11 and are on sale at all Ticket Center outlets including Ticket Center Ithaca on the Ithaca Commons and at the Dillingham Center box office. Call (607) 273-4497, (607) 274-3224 or visit Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Electra’s life has been one of violence and loneliness. Clytemnestra, Electra’s ruthless mother, has killed her husband and abandoned the family to be with her lover. Electra’s beloved brother, Orestes, is missing, and Electra is heavy with despair. However, when Orestes reveals himself and reaches out to her aid, the two quickly devise a plan to murder their mother and her lover. As director Susannah Berryman states, “the violent acts trace backward through the generations, and each new generation feels justified in answering blood with blood.”

The set of this tale of revenge, designed by student Lawrence Moten ’12, suggests no particular place or time. Though the tragedy is nearly 3,000 years old, “Electra” continues to comment on how the values we teach affect the world.

The cast includes Morgan Lavenstein ’11 as Electra, Miles Crosman ’12 as the old man, Richard Lindenfelzer ’13 as Orestes and Emma Poole ’11 as Clytemnestra. Costumes are designed by Kathryn Vega ’11, lights by Kaleigh Boshart ’12 and sound by Rachel Viniar ’11.

A nationally recognized professional theatre training program, the Department of Theatre Arts attracts students from across the United States. Throughout the production season, undergraduate students present all aspects of theater in a professional model. Ithaca College Theatre has been an active part of the Tompkins County cultural hub as well as the Finger Lakes region for 70 years.

Dillingham is now newly updated to accommodate all patrons. Individuals with specials needs are asked to contact (607) 274-3224 to request accommodations as soon as possible.