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Christopher Shorr’s “Clytemnestra’s Daughters” at Touchstone Theatre
Bethlehem, Pa., January 14, 2010—Christopher Shorr, director of theatre at Moravian College, has recently completed “Clytemnestra’s Daughters,” an original work adapted from the ancient Greek plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides that centers around issues of power and powerlessness among the women in the story. The concert reading will be held on Thursday, January 28, at 8 p.m., in Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem. The public is welcome and admission is free of charge.
Clytemnestra’s Daughters is based on an aggressive re-working of three tragedies by Greek playwrights: Aeschylus’ “The Oresteia”; Sophocles’ “Electra”; and Euripides’ “Iphigenia at Aulis.” It deals with Agamemnon and Clytemnestra's family during the time of the Trojan War. The reading, which will take place with actors sitting at music stands, includes a cast of 10-12 actors including Touchstone Ensemble members, Touchstone Apprentices, Moravian College students, and members of the Bethlehem community.
The concert reading represents one facet of an ongoing collaboration between Touchstone Theatre and the Moravian College Theatre Company. Lisa Jordan, producing director of Touchstone Theatre, explains, “We are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with other arts organizations. This area is so full of creative individuals and groups, and the more we build on that strength, the more we will become known for it – here in the Valley and beyond. We especially enjoy working with Christopher and the students at Moravian because we share an artistic sensibility – our work is complementary, and that helps the ideas to really start to flow.”
The Moravian College Theatre Company’ spring schedule resumes when Samuel Becket’s Waiting for Godot will run from February 18 to 21. Described as aquintessential existential absurdist play, the story tells of two characters who wait on a road for a mystery person named Godot. Open to interpretation, the play raises questions about meaning and meaninglessness in life. Directed by Moravian College sophomore Alanah Cervantes, the play will be performed in the Arena Theater.
The Clean House written by Sarah Ruhl will run April 8 to 11.Ruhl isconsidered by many to be one of the top new voices in the American theatre, directed by Christopher Shorr, its’ a romantic comedy about a physician who can't get her depressed Brazilian maid to clean her house...because the maid would rather be dreaming up the perfect joke.
The Theatre Company will celebrate the coming of spring and the end of the school year with an evening of performances by Moravian students. Student Cabaret will run April 22 to 25. There will be singing, dancing, comedy, and monologues by Moravian’s talented student performers.
General admission tickets vary depending on the performance. Reduced rates are available for groups of 10 or more. The Arena Theater is located on the lower level of the Haupert Union Building on Moravian’s North Campus. For further information or ticket reservations, call 610-861-1489. For more information, visit: www.moravian.edu/theatre
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.