Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan announces a co-production partnership with Oberlin College to present Iphigenia 2.0 by Charles L. Mee. The show is directed by Oberlin Associate Professor of Theater, Matthew Wright, produced by Bobgan and performed by a cast of Oberlin students and CPT professionals.
Iphigenia 2.0, is an edgy adaptation of Euripedes’ Greek tragedy set amidst the war in the Middle East and American tabloid culture. As the play begins, Agamemnon faces a horrific choice–whether or not to have his own daughter killed in order to justify a war. Iphigenia 2.0 asks critical issues that continue to face us. What sacrifices are too great to make? Is our way of life worth the lives of our children?
Iphigenia 2.0 is the first large undertaking of a newly formed partnership between Oberlin College and Cleveland Public Theatre. Students will have the opportunity to share techniques, rehearse and perform alongside professional actors, and earn professional credits.
This co-production will be followed in 2012-2013 with a cross disciplinary intensive undertaking: The Water Project. This project will engage about 20 students and will begin with an intensive semester at Oberlin studying with Oberlin faculty and CPT artists. The project will culminate with a student created performance that delves into the mythic and environmental elements of water and the future of Lake Erie.
“This partnership really plays to the strengths of both organizations,” Bobgan said, “and is a huge boon to Oberlin students and the Cleveland arts community. For students, there’s a real difference between working with other students in a university environment and working in a professional setting. It’s invaluable. For us, it gives us a connection to the incredibly talented students at Oberlin. We want them to realize, ‘Wow, I can stay in Cleveland and work on my art and have an artistic home.’ CPT is that home.”
Iphigenia 2.0 opens at CPT Friday, April 13 and runs through Saturday April 28, (with a preview Thursday, April 12) in the Gordon Square Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District. Performances are at 7:30 pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. Tickets are $10- $25.