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Theatre department presents "Medea"

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The Penn State Berks Theatre program will present a performance of the Greek tragedy Medea, from November 4-6, 2010 and 11-14, at 8:00 p.m. (Sundays at 2:00 p.m.) in the Perkins Student Center Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for Penn State faculty and staff with ID, and $2 for Penn State students with ID.
 
The play was written by Euripedes and directed by Cleo House, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Program Coordinator for the Theatre degree at Penn State Berks. In the play, Medea's husband Jason leaves her when the king of Corinth offers him his daughter. The play tells of how Medea gets her revenge on her husband for this betrayal.

Medea, the mighty enchantress, is both weak and strong. She becomes a criminal, but not without cause, and not without strength and dignity. One of the most produced Greek tragedies of our time, Medea is a tour de force of drama, passion, and tragedy.

The cast includes the following Penn State students: Courtney Vinson (senior, Theatre major) as Medea; Patrick O'Neill (junior, Theatre) as Jason; Andrew Vitalo (first-year student) as Kreon; Tarah Yoder (senior, Theatre) as Nurse; Erin Edelstein (senior, Theatre) as Tutor; and Kevin King (junior, Theatre major) as Aigeus.

The cast is rounded out by Micheal Keefe (first-year student) and Nicholas Gackenbach (sophomore) who play attendants/soldiers; and Caitlyn Whelan (junior, Theatre), Rita Yarsinsky (sophomore, Communication Arts and Sciences), and Katelynd Knorr (junior, Theatre) as the chorus of Corinthians. Medea's children are portrayed by Ron Napoli, Technical Theatre Coordinator, and his son, Frankie.

The crew is comprised of the following students: House Manager, Ashleigh Levan (first-year student; Costume Crew, Ashanti Acosta (first-year student) and Jessalyn DeJesus, (first-year student); Sound Designer/Orchestra, Nicholas Gackenbach (sophomore); Light Board Operator, Noah Sanders (first-year student); Stage Manager, Stefanie Thomas (sophomore); Assistant Stage Manager/Props Designer - Danielle Fitzgeorge (junior, Communications Arts and Sciences; and Dramaturge, Andrew Vitalo (first-year student).
 
Penn State Berks added a baccalaureate degree in Theatre to its curriculum, effective in the fall semester. In addition to providing a solid foundation for not only strong theatre artists and articulate theatre educators, the degree program also allows students to become effective public leaders and visionaries in all professions.
 
For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Box Office at 610-396-6371.
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