Sophocles' Electra Fills Hartford Stage, Jan. 9-Feb. 9

News   Sophocles' Electra Fills Hartford Stage, Jan. 9-Feb. 9 Electra, Sophocles' tragedy of familial revenge, will be the next production at Hartford Stage. Jonathan Wilson directs the Greek classic, running Jan. 9-Feb. 9.

Wilson returns to Hartford Stage after mounting Sophocles' Oedipus the King in 2001. His current project will feature a multi-cultural cast headed by the Electra of foreign film actress Mirjana Jokovic, who, hailing from the former Yugoslavia, knows something about the emotional ramifications of war which are depicted in the play.

Electra spends the drama pining for her brother Orestes' return, hoping he will exact justice on her mother, Clytemnestra, and her new husband Aegisthus. The two lovers plotted the death of Electa's father Agamemnon after the latter returned home to Mycenae from the Trojan War. Since then, Electra, who loved her father dearly, has seethed with misery and dreams of revenge.

Carmen Roman is the strong-willed Clytemnestra. Raphael Nash Thompson is usurper Aegisthus. Agnes Tsangaridou will play Chrysothesmis, Electra's sister. Stephen Barker Turner is Orestes, and Sheila McCarthy and Gustave Johnson are the Chorus and Tutor.

Electra received a high-profile Broadway revival a few season back, with Zoe Wanamaker in the title role.

Tickets are $22 to $60. Call (860) 527-5151.