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The Classical Greek Theatre Festival presents:

Women of Trachis

By Sophocles

Directed by Javen Tanner

Mutability; uncertainty; a universe of precipitous change: these themes are at the heart of Sophocles' tragic vision. But nowhere are they elaborated with more urgency than in Women of Trachis. There are no subtle shifts of Fortune's favors in this tragedy, only stunning and total reversals, a relentless spinning of her fickle wheel. Thesis moves to crushing antithesis with an unparalleled violence at the moment of transformation. Thought to have been written about 440 BC, midway through the poet's career, Women of Trachis has long suffered from neglect by scholars despite its sophistication and raw energy. This translation at last rescues the immense lyrical power and tragic grandeur of the play from obscurity, restoring the music of a poetry originally meant to be sung and danced collectively.

Women of Trachis
By Sophocles
Directed by Javen Tanner
Courage Theatre at Westminster College
Sept. 6-8 and 13-15
7:30 pm
$18/$9 for full-time students/Free for Westminster students, staff, and faculty

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Westminster Theatre Presents

Men on Boats

By Jaclyn Backhaus

Directed by Mark Fossen

Ten explorers. Four boats. The Grand Canyon. Men on Boats is the mostly true story of John Wesley Powell’s expedition down the tumultuous Colorado River, navigating the Grand Canyon. With an all-female cast, this play by Jacklyn Backhaus and maps more than just the lay of the land.

“[Men on Boats] is marvelously destabilizing both as history and theater. The stalwartness and selfishness of the adventurers—their cockiness and cluelessness—become biting satire when sent up by women."
—New York Magazine

Men on Boats
By Jacklyn Backhaus
Directed by Mark Fossen
Dumke Black Box Theatre at Westminster College
October 4-6 and 11-13
7:30 pm
$12/Free for Westminster College students, staff, and faculty

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Westminster Theatre Presents

The School for Scandal

By Richard Brinsley Sheriden

Directed by Melanie Nelson

Maria and Charles are in love. Joseph is in love with Maria. Lady Sneerwell is in love with Charles. From this tortuous love triangle, Joseph and Lady Sneerwell devise a plot to win the affections of their desire through a myriad of rumors. Enter an array of characters who hilariously undermine the schemes with schemes of their own! Directed by Melanie Nelson, The School of Scandal is a hilarious tale of love, lust, greed, and deceit that has endured for more than 240 years!

The School for Scandal
By Richard Brinsley Sheriden
Directed by Melanie Nelson
November 8-10 and 15-17
Courage Theatre at Westminster College
7:30 pm
$12/Free for Westminster students, staff, and faculty

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Westminster Theatre Presents

The Christians

By Lucas Hnath

Directed by Michael Vought

Pastor Paul has grown his modest storefront church with a few parishioners into a massive mega church numbering in the thousands. Yet, as convincing as Pastor Paul is, there is one member of his congregation he is unable to convince: himself. As the church he founded reaches its heights, he prepares to give a sermon that will shake the core of the establishment he founded.
Earning Lauded by the New York Post as “Deeply affecting. Emotionally devastating. A white-knuckled drama about a theological battle,” this play, directed by Michael Vought, explores the depths of faith, religion, and how identity is intertwined with belief.

The Christians
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Michael Vought
Location TBD
February 28-March 2 and 7-9
7:30 pm
$12

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Westminster Theatre Presents

Othello

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Jared Larkin

A quintessential Shakespeare play. Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian Army. Othello’s passionate love for Desdemona leads to their elopement. Iago, jealous of Othello’s success as a general, and Rodrigo, jealous of Othello’s marriage to Desdemona, both conspire to ruin Othello’s life.
As relevant as when Shakespeare composed it in the 16th century, Othello provokes a deep conversation on love, envy, otherness, and identity. Director Jared Larkin adds his own fresh interpretation to this tragedy, creating a new perspective in this Westminster Theatre production.

Othello
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jared Larkin
Courage Theatre at Westminster College
April 4-6 and April 11-13
7:30pm
$12/Free for Westminster students, staff, and faculty

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