WWU to Present ‘Electra’

A story of murder and revenge will be portrayed by William Woods University students and Fulton community members when they perform their next theatre production, “Electra,” in April.

The play takes place 10 years after the murder of Agamemnon, ruler of Argos, by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus, who now sit oppressively on the throne. Electra hates her mother Clytemnestra and despises Aegisthus. She still painfully laments her father’s death. Her brother, Orestes, has grown up in exile, but he returns to Argos to get revenge. Electra joyfully recognizes her brother and joins him to plot the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus.

This modern adaptation by Frank McGuinness captures all the poetic flavor of the original by Sophocles. Performances will be in Dulany Auditorium at 8 p.m. April 19, 20, 26 and 27, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. April 21.

Christy Pinz, a sophomore from St. Peters, plays Electra and Jason Flauaus, a sophomore from St. Charles, plays her brother, Orestes. Erin Hux, a junior from Fulton, plays the queen, Clytemnestra, and Mike Wilson, a dentist at Fulton State Hospital, plays Aegisthus, the cocky, self-assured king.

Grant Lierheimer, a junior from Mexico, Mo., plays the servant who raised Orestes in exile. He’s the “father” Orestes never had. Ryan Paul, a freshman from Olathe, Kan., plays Orestes’s best friend and right hand man, Pylades. Lindsey Mertes, a sophomore from Branson plays Chrysothemis, the younger sister of Electra.

Chorus members are Jamie Heisler, a freshman from Portland, Ore.; Kylee Weber, a sophomore from St. Louis, and Sharree Lamere, a freshman from Hallsville.

The show is rated PG – 13 for intensity, blood and violence. It is directed by Joe Potter, with scene design by Melissa Byers, costume design by Jane Friedman, lighting design by Marc Moore and sound design by Potter.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $5 for children (under the age of 12). Tickets are available by calling the box office at (573) 592-4267. For more information, contact Potter at (573) 592-4281.