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The Oresteia 

Thursday, February 23, 2023 to Sunday, March 5, 2023
4045 University Ave - Google Map
$10 - $20
Knife on an orange background
Performance Showtimes: 
Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 7:30pm
Friday, February 24, 2023 - 7:30pm
Saturday, February 25, 2023 - 7:30pm
Sunday, February 26, 2023 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 7:30pm
Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 7:30pm
Friday, March 3, 2023 - 7:30pm
Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 7:30pm
Sunday, March 5, 2023 - 2:00pm

Aren’t we better than our worst crimes? Are we just going to go on trading blood endlessly back and forth? What is the sense of that? Aren’t we tired? 

When King Agamemnon returns home from the Trojan War, he finds his wife Clytemnestra waiting to take her revenge for his slaughter of their innocent daughter Iphigenia. Violence begets violence and the cycle continues, cursing the house’s descendants. The community, haunted by the sins of the present and the past, must then decide how to cleanse the royal house and balance both the need for justice and the desire for absolution. In her stunning new adaptation of Aeschylus’ ancient Greek drama, celebrated playwright Ellen McLaughlin challenges us today to embrace our collective responsibility for compassion and mercy in the face of uncertainty, enmity, and discord.  

An MFA thesis production.

The Oresteia
By Ellen McLaughlin
Directed by Amanda Rountree
Performances February 23 - March 5, 2023
Previews February 18 & 21
Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

Content Warnings:

  • Mature themes
  • Depictions of stylized blood and violence

Production Warnings:

  • Haze/smoke
  • Flickering lights, which occur for roughly one minute in Act 1

This production may be appropriate for audiences 12 and older--, however, parents should be prepared to have conversations about mature themes in this story.


CLYTEMNESTRA Emily Stone MFA Student
IPHIGENIA Karis Ho BA Student
AGAMEMNON Jarron Williams MFA Student
ORESTES Nic Morden MFA Student
CASSANDRA Iveliz Martel MFA Student
ELECTRA Esther Okech MFA Student
CHORUS A Jesimiel Jenkins MFA Student
CHORUS B Natalie Tassielli BA Student
CHORUS C Chinelo Okpala MFA Student
CHORUS D Deja Culver MFA Student
CHORUS F Michelle Conklin Guest Artist
CHORUS G Paula Wilson Nitka Guest Artist
CHORUS H Zack Chaykin Guest Artist
CHORUS I Ryan Hawkins BA Student
UNDERSTUDY Emma Archbold BA Student
UNDERSTUDY Nathaniel Maszak School of Drama Alum
UNDERSTUDY Taylor Freeman BA Student
Creative Team: 
DIRECTOR Amanda Rountree MFA Directing
STAGE MANAGER Nina Williams-Teramachi UW Drama Alum, AEA Member
SET DESIGNER Brandon Riel MFA Designer
COSTUME DESIGNER Jenni Giles Costume Design Concept
COSTUME DESIGNER Ricky German Costume Design Production
LIGHT DESIGNER Andy Smith  Faculty, Head of Design
CO-SOUND DESIGNER Alex Parr, Taylor Freeman BA Students

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