The presentation is part of the theatre's New York Euripedes Summer Festival. Alcestis will be seen outdoors at the East River Park Ampitheatre (July 6 and 7 at 6:30 PM) and the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park (July 8 at 6:30 PM), and indoors at the Lee Strasberg Institute's Marilyn Monroe Theatre (July 9 and 10 at 8 PM).
Lorca Peress will direct a cast set to include Paul Mischeshin, Frederick Mayer, Goran Ivanovski, Vasile Flutur, Michael Honda, Perri Yaniv, Julian M. Sapala, Steven Unger, Jessica Levesque, Christopher Ryan, Denise Fiore, Emilly Medina, Harry Oram, Zenon Zeleniuch, Luke Vedder and Anthony Michael Stokes.
Kostas Kouris will compose original music for the production.
"Alcestis is the new wife of the legendary King Admetus," according to press notes. "After offending the goddess Artemis on his wedding day Admetus is condemned to an early death. Through the intervention of Apollo, who is indebted to Admetus, the King escapes Thanatos (Death) when Apollo, through the Fates, persuades him to take a substitute. Believing that his parents might step into his place, Admetus is amazed when his father makes it clear that life grows sweeter and more precious as one grows old. No one except Alcestis, his beautiful young wife is willing to be taken in his stead. Interestingly, Euripides gave Alcestis a tragicomic tone, making it unique in that it is a tragedy with a happy ending."
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