Alcestis Ascending

Date: Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Time: 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: Allen Bales Theatre Rowand-Johnson Hall
Cost: Free 


Associate Professor Seth Panitch's new play "Alcestis Ascending," featuring actors and dancers from the Cuban National Office of Scenic Arts performing alongside students from the Department of Theatre and Dance, previews on campus before it travels to New York City for an Off-Broadway run at the historic Harold Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row. The tour ends in Havana, Cuba at the grand opening of the Teatro Raquel Revuelta in central Havana. "Alcestis Ascending" is a rock-infused performance in both English and Spanish, using both text and dynamic movement to tell the compelling story of King Admetus, who has twenty four hours to find someone to replace him in death, or the Fates will sever the string of his life. After he foolishly allows his wife to take his place and is overwhelmed by the results of his own selfishness, he decides to descend to Hades with his best friend Hercules (the world's first hunk) to rescue her, whatever the cost to himself. "Alcestis Ascending" previews in the Allen Bales Theatre at Rowand Johnson Hall July 1-3 at 7:30 PM and July 4-5 at 5:30 PM. The performances are all "Pay What You Can," but reservations as required, as the theatre has been adapted to simulate the Off Broadway theatre dimensions. Seating is limited, so please call 205-348-3845 to reserve tickets. This production is a research collaboration under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences Cuba Initiative.

Contact Info: Seth Panitch, (205) 348-3845,

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