Classic Tragedy to be Performed at William Woods

William Woods University actors will bring a classic tragedy to life next month when they perform “Phaedra.” For this play, audience members will actually sit on stage with the actors, creating a more personal and intimate atmosphere.


The play centers on Phaedra, who is the wife of Theseus, the King of Athens. Phaedra falls in love with her stepson. She declares her affections, but is rejected, so she attempts to punish the stepson. Soon, the gods intervene and lead the characters down a path of tragedy and revenge.


William Woods student actors are Daniel Saults of Rolla, Mo., as Theseus; Kristin Bailey of Columbia, Mo., as Phaedra; Cody Olendorff of Pacific, Mo., as Hippolytus; Katie Binkley of Fulton, Mo., as Aricia; Stephanie Powers of Florissant, Mo., as Oenone; Bethany Hall of Des Moines, Iowa, as Ismene; Arin Brewington of De Soto, Mo., as Panope, and Bryan Schmiderer of Pacific, Mo., and Anthony Underwood of Camdenton, Mo., as the guards.


George Spratt of Fulton, Mo., will play Theramenes in the production. He is a Partner in the Arts at WWU.


Melissa Alpers-Springer, an adjunct professor at William Woods, will direct the play. Guest designer will be Dan Springer, who will create the light and scene designs for the performance. The costume designer is Jane Friedman.


“The play is a neoclassical version of a Greek play. This is stylistically different from all of our other productions. Plus, the closeness of the audience gives the actors and audience a unique opportunity to be engaged with the production. Our actors are very excited about performing something different,” Alpers-Springer said.


Performances are scheduled for April 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium. Matinee performances are scheduled for April 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m.


Tickets for “Phaedra” are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 55 and up and $5 for children age 6-17 and WWU students. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted. The play is not recommended for children under 14. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the university box office at (573) 592-4267. The box office opens March 26.