In a very cool move by the guys at Cambiare Productions, 100% of the proceeds from tonight’s show go to the cast. I cannot wait to see this show. I really wanted to audition for it but it coincided with me trying to get my head around the three shows I was juggling and I didn’t have the spare brain capacity to adequately prepare for Greek tragedy. I did read the sides for the audition and was really impressed with how Will handled the poetry. So beautiful and savage. This actor benefit idea is awesome. Most of the time, if actors get a stipend at all, it barely covers gas money. Its a nice gesture of appreciation to the hard work done by their actors. Hopefully they will have a sold out show. I will be in the audience at the Off Center tonight, I hope you will be too.
This adaptation takes Euripides classic, strips away the presentational storytelling of three millennia ago and reinforces the story with other classic texts including Iphigenia at Aulis, Elektra, The Libation Bearers, Iphigenia Among the Taurians, Agamemnon, and The Eumenides.
The production places the title character squarely at the center of his own story. Set days after Orestes’ murder of his own mother, Klytaimnestra, in retribution for the assassination of his father, the dark fevered hallways of Orestes’ mind are explored as he seeks absolution and release from the curse of the House of Atreus.
Sprinting backwards through the events leading up to Klytaimnestra’s bloody death, the deceit and duplicity of the last generation of the House of Atreus unravels before Orestes eyes as the black and white of zealous revenge recedes to the greys of politics and treacherous love.
Confronted with the truth, haunted by Furies and hunted by his own people, Orestes makes one last desperate stand against God and man.
Adapted and directed by Will Hollis Snider
Starring: Derek Kolluri, Karina Dominguez, La Tasha Stephens, Molly McKee, Smaranda Ciceu, Steffanie Ngo-Hatchie, Travis Bedard, and Gabriel Luna as Orestes.
Lighting Design: Megan M. Reilly
Sound Design: Adam Hilton
Costume Design: Samantha Saucedo
Scenic Design: Travis Bedard
Stage Manager/ Dramaturg: Amanda Gass
UPDATE: Travis writes more about the evening here. I was there when the throwaway comment was made about another theatre company being “all class” because they can afford to pay their actors well. It wasn’t a slight, it was just a joke. Everyone standing there in that group was an actor that has worked for nothing or for next-to-nothing. And the person that said the offending comment just staged a production in which none of the actors were paid a cent. That doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a “class”-y enterprise, it just means that times are tough. Not every show is a Killer Joe. People lose money on almost every production in town due to the rent that has to be paid to the theaters. I spoke about this unfortunate situation before. I don’t see it changing anytime soon. I hope that other companies in town will take Cambiare’s lead and if they aren’t paying stipends, devote one show to their cast. I don’t think company members should be excluded from that unless they are making a profit on the show.
And P.S. Go see Orestes! Support the marvelous cast AND company and see some powerhouse performances.