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Orestes 2.0

$5 Student Discount Instructions

by Charles Mee

directed by Joseph Hendel

Preview:   Feb. 26 @ 7:30pm
Show dates:   Feb. 28, 29, Mar. 6, 7 @ 7:30pm,
                         Feb 29 @ 2:00pm

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

About the Play

The third part of his Imperial Dreams Trilogy, Charles Mee describes Orestes 2.0 as "The Euripides after-war play, re-set in the world today, in which the veterans return from the Trojan War, to find that the disorder and nightmare of war has come home with them and rendered their homeland to ruins forever." (charlesmee.org)
About the Playwright
Charles L. Mee is an American playwright, historian and author known for his collage-like style of playwriting, which makes use of radical reconstructions of found texts. His comedies and romances include SummertimeFirst LoveTrue LoveBig LoveWintertimeFetes de la NuitA Perfect Wedding, and Fire Island. As source material, Mee would use Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, Molière, Anton Chekhov, René Magritte paintings, Bollywood musicals, and his own writing. (Wikipedia)
About the Director

Joseph Hendel is a third-year MFA Directing candidate from New York. He is a writer, director, and composer whose plays include Katzelmacher, USA (inspired by Fassbinder’s Katzelmacher, the cell), The Tasty Karp Hotel (Teatr Fredry in Gniezno, Poland), Playing with Masculinity (Have Art: Will Travel! Inc.), and Beware the Ides of Monday (the cell). Other directing credits: The Inner Circle (opera about Alfred Kinsey at the Brick Theater's F*ckfest), AVoid2Remember (Title:Point's?! Festival), Appendage (1st Irish Theater Fest) and works by Brecht, Ionesco, Pirandello, and Gilbert and Sullivan. He is a resident artist at the cell, a two-time member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and is trained in clown and Commedia by master clown teacher Christopher Bayes. He enjoys synthesizers, German-Jewish critical theory, and playing with his pet chihuahua, Molière. UC San Diego credits: Monster for WNPF 2019, Life is a Dream, Tambo and Bones for WNPF 2018, A Raisin in the Sun (AD).

Director's Statement

Orestes 2.0 by Charles Mee is a postmodern collage-adaptation of Euripides’ Orestes that assembles and re-appropriates found texts in order to fuse together our past with our present and hold a penetrating and often-humorous mirror up to our fractured and dysfunctional culture. This production locates the action in the proverbial “Hotel California” immortalized by The Eagles - a Southern Californian institutional nightmare where "you can check out any time you like but you can never leave.” The production interrogates the coercive power structures that govern our lives, our complicity with them, and how, if possible, we can escape.

The Cast

Orestes – Cody Sloan
Electra – Emily Stout
Bellhop/Radio Voices – Savanna Padilla
Menelaus – Garrett Schulte
Helen – Assata
Nod – Anthony Adu
John – Lois Shih
Nurse 1 – Grayson Heyl
Nurse 2 – Jada Owens
Nurse 3 – Natalia Quintero-Riestra
Pylades – Jordan Smith
Tyndareus – Noah Keeling
Tapemouth Man – Noah Israel
William – Siobhan O’Reilly
Menelaus’ Intern – Lucia Linda
The Phrygian – Will Rietkirk

The Creative Team

Playwright –  Charles L. Mee
Director – Joseph Hendel
Scenic Designer – Miranda Friel
Costume Designer – Natalie Barshow
Lighting Designer –  Mextly Couzin
Sound Designer – Stephen Jensen
Media/ Projection Designer – Miranda Friel
Assistant Scenic Designer – Elizabeth Barrett
Assistant Costume Designer –  Eui-Hyun Song
Assistant Lighting Designer –  Brady Comenduley
Assistant Media/Projections Designer –  Elizabeth Barrett

Production Stage Manager – Rebekah Fegan
Assistant Stage Manager – Gemma Rose Maliszewski
Assistant Stage Manager – Allison Bailey

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

Parking Passes Required for performances:
Monday through Friday evenings and on the weekends. Parking is $1.50 per hour from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover, and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.






Feb. 26

Feb. 28

Feb. 29

Feb. 29

Mar. 6

Mar. 7
7:30 pm     PREVIEW

7:30 pm     OPENING

2:00 pm    Matinee  

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm    

Advance tickets for this production are available only online through the "Click here for tickets" button above. You can purchase tickets online on your phone the night of at the theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office.

You can also leave a message at  858-822-3152 with questions and we will get back to you.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

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