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Local actors involvled in HCC's Greek tragedies
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HUTCHINSON – Hutchinson Community College Theatre Department will present the drama “The Oresteia,” April 18-20. The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. nightly at the Stringer Fine Arts Recital Hall on the HCC campus.
 Tickets for the production are on sale now. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Stringer Fine Arts Center information office during normal business hours, or call 620-665-3503.
“The Oresteia” is actually a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus which concerns the end of the curse on the House of Atreus. “The Oresteia” is the only surviving example of a trilogy of ancient Greek plays.  
 The first production was originally performed at the Dionysia festival in Athens in 458 BC, where it won first prize. A principal theme of the trilogy is the shift from the practice of personal vendetta to a system of litigation. The name derives from the character Orestes, who sets out to avenge his father after his mother’s affair with Aegisthus.  
The HCC production will focus on the role of women in the play, and on the changing roles in society.
 The cast list for the production includes: Dr. Charlene Widener, the Delos V. Smith Endowed Chair in Fine Arts at HCC,  as Clytemnestra; David Monceaux, Great Bend, as Agamemnon; Dalin Hinds, Great Bend, as Watchman; Mason Schneider, Hutchinson, as Aegisthus; Skye Colaw, McPherson, as Cassandra and Fury/Serving-Woman; Josh Neufeld, Little River, as Orestes/Chorus of Elders; Alicia Monceaux, Great Bend, as Electra/Athena; Josh Fredrick, Great Bend, as Apollo/Chorus of Elders; Bianca Kunzinger, Wichita, as Pythia/Lead Fury; Michael Bugner, Nickerson, as Lead Argive Elder; Bethany Manny, Hutchinson, as Lead Serving-Woman/Fury; Manasseh McPike, Hutchinson, as Chorus of Argive Elders; Amanda Moore as Fury/Serving-Woman and Eva Planthold, Hutchinson, as Fury/Serving-Woman.
 The production will be co-directed by Deidre Ensz-Mattox, director of theater, and David Monceaux.  David Monceaux and Alicia Monceaux are also co-costume designers, while Hayat Dominguez, Hutchinson, is stage manager.