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September 15, 2003
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LATE NIGHT THEATRE PRESENTS A FRESH LOOK AT A GREEK CLASSIC

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa's Department of Theatre and Dance presents the first Late Night production of the year, "Agamemnon," adapted by Steven Berkoff and directed by UHM Master of Fine Arts candidate Cassandra Wormser. "Agamemnon" will be performed in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre October 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 11:00 p.m. Each Friday night performance will feature a post-show discussion with the director and cast.

A loose adaptation of Aeschylus' first play in the "Oresteia" trilogy, "Agamemnon" explores the cyclical nature of violence through the timeless story of war, lust, murder, betrayal, and revenge. Intense and highly poetic, this production draws on music, dance, and theatre forms from around the world for a "total theatre" experience.

Wormser, who is originally from Maui, directed the 2002 Late Night production of "The Yellow Wallpaper." She has also acted on many stages in Honolulu. She appeared in this summer's production of "Twelfth Night" at the Summer Shakespeare Festival at Paliku Theatre and played the lead female role in UHM's Beijing Opera "Judge Bao and the Case of Qin Xianglian." She was a regular performer with the improvisation troupe, Loose Screws, for many years and has been seen in Dave & Buster's murder mystery plays. Wormser will be collaborating with fellow UHM graduate students, Norman Muñoz and Nicolas Logue, on South Pacific dance and stylized fight choreography for this production. Muñoz was the choreographer for last year's "Fine Dancing." Logue is a trained martial artist and Beijing Opera performer. "Agamemnon" will also feature original music compositions by Wormser.

Tickets for "Agamemnon" go on sale one hour before curtain each night of the production at the door of the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. Ticket prices are $8 regular, $7 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, non-UHM students, $3 UHM students with validated Fall 2003 UHM photo ID. Latecomers will not be admitted once the performance has begun. For more information, charge-by-phone, or disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre Box office at 956-7655 (v/t).

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