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OBU Theatre Presents The Orestia: The Legacy of Agamemnon

October 26, 2004

Written by Aeschylus and edited by OBU's Joyce Spivey Aldridge and Rogers State's Emily Dial-Driver, Orestia is the sole surviving Greek tragic trilogy. Offering an opportunity to make contact with the culture of the past, these plays provide the contemporary audience a time to reflect on a theme of universal interest: the evolution of justice in human society from blood vengeance to the rule of law.

Aldridge is the director for this production, with original scenic, lighting, makekup, and mask design by Laura Byland, M.F.A., and costume design by senior Latricia Reichman of Tulsa. Stage Manager is junior Helena Newberry of Wellington, Kan.

The cast includes junior Sherri Matthews of Shawnee as Cassandra; junior Joshua Quinton Dodd of Hammon as Agamemnon; junior Lee Matthews of New Braunfels, Texas, as Clytemnestra; freshman Brad Nickerson of Shawnee as Aegisthus; sophomore Laurel Green of New Braunfels, Texas, as Electra; sophomore Colin J. Smart of San Antonio, Texas, as Orestes; sophomore Nathan Hollis of Clovis, N.M., as Pylades; freshman Jackie Robertson of Baldwin City, Kan., as Clissa; junior Keri Dee Burman of Edmond as Athena; freshman Jacob Louis of Corpus Christi, Texas, as Apollo; senior Stephanie Christiansen of Hollis as the leader of the libation women; freshman Brandi Storm of Haysville, Kan., sophomore Mary Ruth Sanders of Shawnee, freshman Susan M. Smoots of Renton, Wash., freshman Brittany Sears of Bentonville, Ark., sophomore Tiffany Hadden of Houston, Texas, and freshman Sarah "Skye" Manacapilli of San Antonio, Texas, as the libation women; senior Rex Daugherty of Oklahoma City as the leader of the Furies; and sophomore Travis Hayes of Oklahoma City, Collin Blackard of Idabel, freshman Eric Strimple of Bartlesville, freshman Becca Barksdale of Kingwood, Texas, junior Jesse J. Vinyard of Choctaw, and sophomore Pepper Webber of Edmond as the Furies.

The Orestia: The Legacy of Agamemnon runs Nov. 4, 6, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 7, 13-14 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theater located in Shawnee Hall on the OBU campus.

Tickets are now on sale. Reservations can be made at the OBU Box Office in Sarkey's Communication Center at OBU or by calling 878-2347. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult tickets are $7 and student tickets are $5.