PHÈDRE: A smouldering tale of erotic obsession on stage at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre

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PHÈDRE: A smouldering tale of erotic obsession on stage at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre

Published on September 28 2012

Tales of suppressed desire collide with ancient power struggles in a production of Jean Racine's PHÈDRE, presented by the Department of Dramatic Arts at the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre.

British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes’ highly acclaimed translation of Racine’s PHÈDRE is a potent mix of poetry, political intrigue, and sexual jealousy. The action unfolds in a series of compelling scenes involving the principal love triangle – Phèdre, her husband Theseus and his son, Hippolytus. Phèdre confesses a forbidden passion for her stepson, unleashing a tidal wave of tragic consequences. Will the collision between lust and a sense of duty and honour decimate the royal house of Athens?

PHÈDRE showcases the talents of students in Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts undergraduate program: Kasey Dunn, Michael Pearson, Eric Frank, Emma Bulpin, Lauren Beaton, Josh Davidson, Kedie McIntyre, and Madison Roca. The play is directed by Virginia Reh, and designed by David Vivian.

Director Virginia Reh states, "The myths around Theseus, Phaedra and Hippolytus have fascinated playwrights throughout the ages. Racine’s masterpiece distils the best of his major sources, particularly Euripides’ Hippolytus. From Euripides he borrows the fundamentally principled Phaedra, an essentially moral woman who is tormented by a forbidden passion and chooses to die rather than surrender to it. The tragedy is at once epic and domestic. Hughes’ powerful modern verse enhances this tragedy of good but flawed people, who are recognizable to us today."

Performances: Thursday Feb. 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday Feb.18 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 adults; $12 seniors & students; $10 groups, $5 eyeGo, and are available at the Centre for the Arts Box Office, 905-688-5550, ext. 3257, or e-mail

Such programs from the Department of Dramatic Arts are an integral part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts' mandate in building connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University. For more information about the Department of Dramatic Arts, please visit their website.

Media Day: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 6 p.m. held at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University.


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