School of the Arts (SOA) Theatre Arts students present Lucius Annaeus Seneca's "Thyestes," October 22-25 at the Theatre of Riverside Church. SOA student Paul Peers adapted and is directing the production.
"Thyestes" will feature Taiko (Japanese traditional drumming) by Taiko Masala, a professional Taiko group based in Manhattan. Taiko Masala's Hiro Kurashima and Kimiko Nakatake bring powerful rhythms and dynamic choreography to the production.
Thyestes is a part of the House of Pelops saga where violence and revenge are intertwined in every aspect of daily life. Atreus, father of Agamemnon and Menelaus, is established as king of Mycenae, banishing his brother Thyestes. Atreus craves for revenge and lures Thyestes and his sons back to join him by offering to share in the rule of Mycenae. Using this as cover for his true intentions, Atreus brutally murders the three sons then serves them up as a meal where Thyestes unknowingly devours them.
Thyestes will be presented Wednesday, October 22, through Saturday, October 25, at 8:00 p.m. with a matinee on October 25 at 3:00 p.m. at the Theatre of Riverside Church, 120th Street and Claremont Avenue.
Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors. For credit card reservations and box office hours, call 212-870-6784.
Additional support for Thyestes has been generously given by The Government of South Australia, Arts SA, and the Ian Potter Foundation (Australia).
Thyestes is adapted and directed by Paul Peers. Set designer Awymarie Riollano, Lighting designer Peter Ksander, and Costume designer Rabiah Troncelliti. Dramaturgy is by SOA student Mary Elizabeth Peters.
The cast includes theatre arts students: Nathan Blew, John Bogar, Dustin Helmer, Nicholas Job, Marty Keiser, Robert McKeon, Teri Parker, Seth Powers, Rachel Schwartz, Robert Wedig.