Casting Complete for San Francisco Elektra With Olympia Dukakis

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05 Sep 2012

Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis
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Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis will star in the American Conservatory Theater production of Sophocles' Elektra beginning Oct. 25 in San Francisco.

A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff will stage the 90-minute production that features a new translation by Olivier Award-winning playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker and an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Elektra will officially open Oct. 31 for a run through Nov. 18.

Dukakis ("Steel Magnolias," "Tales of the City," "Moonstruck") will portray the Chorus Leader, with René Augesen (The Homecoming, Clybourne Park) in the title role, Caroline Lagerfelt (Mary Stuart, "Gossip Girl") as Clytemnestra, Anthony Fusco as the Tutor, Nick Steen as Orestes, Allegra Edwards as Chrysothemis, and Steven Anthony Jones as Aegisthus.

According to A.C.T., "This new interpretation of the timeless Greek tragedy is a fast-paced thriller—of epic proportions. After her father, King Agamemnon, is murdered by her mother and her mother's lover, Elektra is consumed by grief and fiercely intent on revenge. Every day, she prays to the gods that her exiled brother, Orestes, might return to help her avenge their father's death, and every night, the silence of the gods drives her closer to madness. As Sophocles' iconic tragedy depicts humanity in its most extreme behavior, Elektra engages the audience as judge and jury—a stark reminder that we are all witnesses to our shared history."

Elektra will have scenic design by Ralph Funicello, costume design by Candice Donnelly, lighting design by Nancy Schertler and sound design by Cliff Caruthers.



For tickets and information, call (415) 749-2228 or visit act-sf.org.