Herakles follows the Greek hero Herakles as he finishes his last heroic labor and returns home. The production will be set in 1969, featuring Herakles as a veteran coming home from Vietnam and struggling with PTSD.
The Classical Greek Theatre Festival at Westminster will tour a production of Euripides’ rarely performed tragedy Herakles. The tour runs throughout Utah from September 2–25 and debuts at Westminster College on September 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Herakles follows the Greek hero Herakles as he finishes his last heroic labor and returns home. Herakles arrives home just in time to prevent his family from being killed by the unlawful ruler Lycus, but the jealous goddess Hera intervenes and tragedy ensues.
The production will be set in 1969, featuring Herakles as a veteran coming home from Vietnam and struggling with PTSD. The show will use a selection of large puppets to represent some characters, including the Greek gods, the Greek Chorus and the three-headed dog Cerberus.
Hugh Hanson will direct the production of Herakles using a recent American translation by poet Anne Carson. Westminster’s Spencer Brown will create the set design with costumes by Melanie Nelson, puppets by puppet master Glenn Brown and original music played live by Ryan Fedor. An orientation lecture by dramaturge and CGTF founder Jim Svendson will begin 30 minutes before each performance.
The tour begins September 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Courage Theatre at Westminster College, then continues with performances at the UCCC Amphitheater, de Jong Concert Hall, Wildcat Theater and Red Butte Garden.
For ticket information please contact each venue or visit www.westminstercollege.edu/greek_theatre. The Westminster box office can be reached at 801-832-2457.
WHAT: Euripides’ Herakles
The 46th Annual Classical Greek Theatre Festival
WHEN: Sept. 2–3 & 9–10, 7:30 p.m., Westminster College, Courage Theatre
Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., West Valley City, UCCC Amphitheater
Sept. 19, 5:00 p.m., Brigham Young University, The de Jong Concert Hall
Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., Weber State University, Wildcat Theater
Sept. 24–25, 9:00 a.m., Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre