First Stories Festival 2013

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The Trojan Women

Performed by the Actors of Russell Sage College, produced by The Theatre Institute at Sage, this performance is a feminist retelling of Euripides’ great anti-war play. The adaptation is set in the future in Troy, New York in the midst of an energy crisis, in a United States collapsed by 10 years of civil war. The story takes place in a women’s refugee camp on the banks of the Hudson River. This version dares to reinvent the response of the women to further enslavement.

Performances are Saturday, March 9th @ 4:30pm
and Sunday, March 10th @ 6:00pm and 8:00pm
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The Petting Zoo

This popular NYC based musical improv group, will present an evening of musical improvisations initiated from Greek tragedy themed audience suggestions (infanticide, matricide, oracles, blind psychics, etc.).

Performances on Saturdays March 9th, 16th, 23rd @ 10:30pm
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Parados

A double-bill of Music & Dance

New York composer Ellen Mandel and Dickinson College Dance Department will comprise Parados, a double-bill evening of original music composed for Greek theatre productions and a dance-piece based on Oedipus at Colonus. Mandel and singers will be presenting songs written by Mandel for The Cure at Troy, Agamemnon Home, and The Bacchae, among others. The dance portion of the evening under the guidance of Sarah Skaggs, Director of Dance at Dickinson College, with a dance titled “Game of Graces” (choreographed by Dawn Springer for 3 women dancers and 4 trombonists) and a complementary piece titled “Sanctuary.”
Performances are on Tuesday, March 12th @ 6:00pm, 8:00pm and 10:00pm
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Tauris

By Sarah Moon
Directed by James McBride

New York based theatre company the New Pilgrims will be performing Tauris in a staged reading by New York playwright Sarah Moon. Tauris is a modern retelling of  Euripides’ Iphigena at Tauris. Taking inspiration both from Euripides’ play and the current struggle to end mountaintop removal in Appalachian coal country (with the inclusion of songs with an Appalachian influence), Tauris comments on our times and the political and practical aspects of environmental change.

Performances Saturday March 16th @ 4:30pm
and Sunday March 17th @ 6:00pm and 8:00pm
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Charles Ludlam’s Medea

A rare opportunity to see Drama Desk, Obie and Drama League Award winner Everett Quinton as he reprises the role he created as Medea in Charles Ludlam’s critically acclaimed Ridiculous Theatre Production of Medea. In this staged reading directed by Jonathan Warman Festival theatre goers will experience Euripides great classic through the exquisite fractured prism of Charles Ludlam. Running time: 55 minutes.

Performance on Monday, March 18th @ 8:00pm
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