‘Elektra' performed at MC Playhouse Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Oct. 9, 2003

What is the price of revenge?

The Maryville College Theatre Department poses the question to theater-goers Oct. 30-Nov. 1, during its production of Sophocles’ “Elektra.”

Performances begin at 8 p.m. in the theatre of the Wilson Chapel/Theatre complex on the MC campus.

(A short preview of the production is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Oct. 19, on the Discovery Stage in the Children’s Adventure Land area of the Maryville Fall Festival.)

A classical Greek tragedy, “Elektra” is the story of Agamemnon’s daughter, Elektra, and her 10-year obsession to avenge the murder of her father at the hands of her mother, Klytaimnestra, and mother’s lover, Aigisthos.

According to Heather McMahon, visiting assistant professor of theatre and director of the MC production, the play was chosen because the themes of vengeance, justice and grief seemed particularly relevant on the world stage.

Maryville College senior Aja Rodriguez stars as Elektra; Sonja Hanchar, Joe Chait, Jeff Watkins and Scarlet Bell perform as Klytaimnestra, Orestes, Tutor, and Chrysothemis, respectively. Students Will Azada (Pylades), Sarah Harrell (Chorus leader) and Brian Phelps (Aigisthos) round out the cast.

Hanchar also serves as assistant director. Jennifer Romano and David Wilson are stage managers.

Alan Reihl is technical director and set designer.

Tickets are available at the door. Cost is $7.50 for adults; $5 for seniors, MC faculty and staff, theatre alumni and high school/college students. MC students are admitted free.

For additional information, call Heather McMahon at 865.981.8161.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.