St. Scholastica Theatre to stage a Greek tragedy

St. Scholastica's next theater performance will be the drama "Orestes: Blood and Light," opening Friday, March 31.

The play is by Helen Edmundson and is based on an ancient Greek play by Euripides. It tells the story of Electra and Orestes, who as children were banished by their mother after witnessing her murder their father. After coming of age, they return home to avenge King Agamemnon by killing Klytemnestra.

The city divides over deciding their fate; should they be executed or banished? Inflamed by war, emotions escalate as many in the city are calling for blood. Edmundson skillfully explores human tragedy set against a backdrop of war.

The performance is directed by Shane May, who is a 2013 graduate of St. Scholastica.

Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on March 31-April 1 and April 6-8. Sunday matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. on April 2 and 9. All performances will be in the St. Scholastica Theatre behind Tower Hall.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For details, call 218-723-7000 or visit spotlight.css.edu.