A spokesperson for the theatre company confirmed that Aeschylus' The Persians — directed by Ethan McSweeny — will play Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in May. Dates and cast have yet to be announced, although that information is expected shortly. An early play loosely based on the Persian Wars, The Persians concentrates on the demise of the Persian empire, including the folly of Xerxes, which caused the empire's downfall. The play also includes the appearance — as a ghost — of Xerxes' father Darius, who declaims the ruin of his once-great empire.
The National Actors Theatre most recently presented Al Pacino in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Oct. 3-Nov. 10, 2002. Others in that star studded cast included Billy Crudup, Chazz Palminteri, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and the theatre's founder, Tony Randall.
Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is located on Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street. Ticket information will also soon be announced.