Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Electra, is a story of revenge that follows Electra, the daughter of King Agamemnon, in her pursuit to avenge her father’s murder. UNCW Department of Theatre will present Electra in the Mainstage Theatre on Thursday, February 16th, 2022, and will run February 16-19 & 23-26 at 8PM with Sunday matinees at 2PM.
After returning from battle in Troy, King Agamemnon is murdered by his wife Clytemnestra. This act of revenge by Clytemnestra for her husband’s infidelity sparks the beginning of a long-standing grudge held by the exiled and supposedly dead, Orestes who is Electra’s brother. This Greek tragedy will feature nature’s elements on stage, live musicians, and a multi-media experience.
Guest artist, Rachel Levy, will serve as lighting designer. Levy served as Lighting Director for So You Think You Can Dance Seasons 7-10 (LA), Wallenda Tightrope Live (Chicago) and as Assistant Lighting Designer for The King and I (NYC) and the national tour of South Pacific. Electra will include live musicians, Elliot Stanford ’23 and Matt Dauphin. They will focus on interactive Greek music, which will set the mood for the play. Dauphin and Stanford are both a part of local punk-rock band, Ridgewood. The set, designed by Associate Professor Randall Enlow, will include different elements such as sand, water, and multi-media projections to transport audience members to ancient Argos.
Electra will run at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Performances are February 16-19 & 23-26, in the Mainstage Theatre at the UNCW Cultural Arts Building. If patrons are interested in a performance with hearing assistance or ASL-interpreted performances of Electra, please contact Sue Wilder in the UNCW Theatre Department office (CA 2026) by phone at 910-962-2061 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are $15 for members of the general public, $12 for seniors, UNCW employees, and alumni, and $6 for students (sales tax included.) They are available at the Kenan Box Office on campus by calling 910.962.3500 or online at uncwarts.universitytickets.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person an hour before the show dates. Parking is free for theatre patrons in the pay station spaces in front of the Cultural Arts Building (CAB) lot (lot Q), in gated lot Q and across the street from the CAB in Randal Drive lot (lot I) after 5 pm Monday – Friday and all-day Saturday and Sunday.