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Fall theater show restages the Trojan War

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, and Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 20-22, 2008, 8 p.m. Berlind Theatre

"Troy: After and Before," the annual fall show sponsored by the Program in Theater and Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts, will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, and Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 20-22, at the Berlind Theatre.

The production will feature two very different takes on the Trojan War: Aeschylus' "Agamemnon," as translated by the late Princeton scholar Robert Fagles, and Euripides' "Iphigenia at Aulis," as translated by senior Lucas Barron.

The performance is directed by Tim Vasen, a lecturer in theater and dance and the Lewis Center, whose previous work at the Berlind includes "Boris Godunov" and "The Playboy of the Western World."

The project originated in a theater and dance class last spring titled "Re: Staging the Greeks," which also was sponsored by the Program in Hellenic Studies. A group of 16 undergraduates read and performed works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes. During spring break, the class and its instructors -- Vasen and Michael Cadden, director of the Program in Theater and Dance -- visited ancient Greek theaters and worked with local theater professionals with a special interest in restaging Greek tragedy for contemporary audiences. Nine members of the class are part of the 16-member cast of "Troy: After and Before."

Ticket prices range from $10 to $15. They are available by calling the McCarter Theatre Center box office at (609) 258-ARTS, or by calling University Ticketing at (609) 258-9220 or visiting its website.

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