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OCU Presents Greek Tragedies, With a Legal Twist

Oklahoma City University will take a unique approach to the craft of theater with a multi-part production throughout the weekend called “House of Atreus” beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Greek-style series of plays, adapted by TheatreOCU Artistic Director D. Lance Marsh, are originally based upon "The Oresteia" and will be shown in four parts through the weekend in the Burg Theater located in the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center at Blackwelder Avenue and N.W. 25th Street.

The parts and their descriptions include:

* Part 1: To remove a curse and allow the Greek army to travel to Troy, Agamemnon must sacrifice his oldest daughter and try and keep the act from his wife Clytemnestra.

* Part 2: Agamemnon returns home after the Trojan wars to face a hostile wife who’s been plotting her revenge for ten years.

* Part 3: 7 years after her father’s murder Electra, Agamemnon’s daughter, plots with her brother Orestes to bring their mother to justice.

* Part 4: As punishment for murdering his mother, Orestes is haunted by the Furies until a pair of gods descend to earth and institute the first known jury trial to decide his guilt or innocence.

All four parts will be shown throughout the weekend in the following schedule:

8 p.m. Thursday, production of Parts 2 and 3; 10:45 p.m. Thursday, free staged reading of Part 1; 8 p.m. Friday, production of Parts 2 and 3; 10:45 p.m. Friday, free staged reading of Part 4; 3 p.m. Saturday, free seminar with President Robert Henry on "Greek Theatre and the Law;" 4 p.m. Saturday, free staged reading of Part 1; 8 p.m. Saturday, production of Parts 2 and 3; 10:45 p.m. Saturday, free staged reading of Part 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, production of Parts 2 and 3.

As a highlight for the weekend, OCU President Robert Henry, a former federal judge and advocate of Greek literature, will give a presentation titled “Greek Theater and the Law” to open the Saturday performances.