The UC San Diego Department Of Theatre And Dance Presents ORESTES 2.0
The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance presents Orestes 2.0 by Charles L. Mee and directed by Joseph Hendel.
About the play: The third part of his Imperial Dreams Trilogy, Charles Mee describes Orestes 2.0 as "The Euripides after-war play, re-set in the world today, in which the veterans return from the Trojan War, to find that the disorder and nightmare of war has come home with them and rendered their homeland to ruins forever."
The preview for Orestes 2.0 will be February 26 at 7:30 pm. The show runs February 28, 29 and March 6, 7 at 7:30 PM, with an additional matinee on February 29 at 2:00 PM.
All shows take place at the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. Tickets are $20 for regular performances. Subscriptions and group rates are available. Student tickets are $10 for regular performances. Faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens discounts available as well. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at (858) 534-4574.
The cast features Cody Sloan (Orestes), Emily Stout (Electra), Savanna Padilla (Bellhop/Radio Voices), Garrett Schulte (Menelaus), Assata (Helen), Anthony Adu (Nod), Lois Shih (John), Grayson Heyl (Nurse 1), Jada Owens (Nurse 2), Natalia Quintero-Riestra (Nurse 3), Jordan Smith (Pylades), Noah Keeling (Tyndareus), Siobhan O'Reilly (William), Lucia Linda (Menelaus's Intern), and Will Rietkirk (The Phyrgian).
The production staff includes Joseph Hendel (Director), Miranda Friel (Scenic Designer), Natalie Barshow (Costume Designer), Mextly Couzin (Lighting Designer), Stephen Jensen (Sound Designer), Eric Geiger (Movement Practice Facilitator), Rebekah Fegan (Production Stage Manager), Kristen Tregar (Dramaturg), Jon Reimer (Production Consultant), Ursula Meyer (Vocal Coach), Zev Steinrock (Fight/Intimacy Choreographer), Elizabeth Barrett (Assistant Scenic Designer), Eui-Hyun Song (Assistant Costume Designer), Harrison Foster (Assistant Lighting Designer), Simon Martin (Assistant Director), Allison Bailey (Assistant Stage Manager), Gemma Maliszewski (Assistant Stage Manager), Jessica Bravo (Production Assistant), and Joseph Maldonado (Production Assistant)
About the playwright: Charles L. Mee is an American playwright, historian and author known for his collage-like style of playwriting, which makes use of radical reconstructions of found texts. His comedies and romances include Summertime, First Love, True Love, Big Love, Wintertime, Fetes de la Nuit, A Perfect Wedding, and Fire Island. As source material, Mee would use Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, Molière, Anton Chekhov, René Magritte paintings, Bollywood musicals, and his own writing.
About the director: Joseph Hendel is a third-year MFA Directing candidate from New York. He is a writer, director, and composer whose plays include Katzelmacher, USA (inspired by Fassbinder's Katzelmacher, the cell), The Tasty Karp Hotel (Teatr Fredry in Gniezno, Poland), Playing with Masculinity (Have Art: Will Travel! Inc.), and Beware the Ides of Monday (the cell). Other directing credits: The Inner Circle (opera about Alfred Kinsey at the Brick Theater's F*ckfest), AVoid2Remember (Title:Point's?! Festival), Appendage (1st Irish Theater Fest) and works by Brecht, Ionesco, Pirandello, and Gilbert and Sullivan. He is a resident artist at the cell, a two-time member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and is trained in clown and Commedia by master clown teacher Christopher Bayes. He enjoys synthesizers, German-Jewish critical theory, and playing with his pet chihuahua, Molière. UC San Diego credits: Monster for WNPF 2019, Life is a Dream, Tambo and Bones for WNPF 2018, A Raisin in the Sun (AD).