Paris student has title role in MSU play this weekend

A Paris resident will play the title role in an upcoming play this weekend at Murray State University.

The university's Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts  present “Iphigenia in Aulis,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. All performances will take place in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre on Murray State’s campus. General admission is $15 a person. Murray State students are admitted free with their student ID.

Cynzia Berrios, a freshman musical theatre major from Paris, will portray Iphigenia.

The Ancient Greek classic “Iphigenia in Aulis” follows Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek forces in the Trojan War, and his decision to sacrifice his own daughter, Iphigenia, in order to allow his troops to set sail and preserve their honor by doing battle against Troy. 

Though originally written well over 2,000 years ago, “Iphigenia in Aulis” examines the very modern issues of how those in power gain it and keep it, the costs of going to war, and what happens when self-preservation and family dynamics collide. It’s a tragedy that, like Euripides’ original intention, uses a myth as a proxy and safety valve to discuss serious and extreme situations that still resound today.

The Murray State production has been adapted by Matthew Crider, associate professor of theatre arts, who also serves as director.

“It’s always humbling to approach the ancient Greek plays,” said Crider. “I think of us, thousands of years since it was first staged, as links in a great chain. Every actor, every designer, every director is stepping into the story again: a shared life relived countless times. In that hour and a half this show runs each night, we step into shoes (or sandals, as it were) that have walked this path more times than we can really understand. It’s a link through the ages.”

The remaining cast of “ phigenia," their hometown and role includes: Alec Wadley of Paducah, Agamemnon; Billy Hobson of Murray, Achilles; Bryson Jackson, Morganfield, Ky., Calchas the Seer; Mack Slack, Swansea, Ill., Clytemnestra; Carter Parks, Mayfield, Menelaus; Gabe Steffen, Calvert City, Ky., attendant; Emilee Harris, Simpsonville, Ky., messenger.

For more information about tickets, contact 270-809-4421. To learn more about Murray State University’s theatre arts program visit murraystate.edu/theatre.

A Paris resident will play the title role in an upcoming play this weekend at Murray State University.

The university's Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts  present “Iphigenia in Aulis,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. All performances will take place in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre on Murray State’s campus. General admission is $15 a person. Murray State students are admitted free with their student ID.

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