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by Sophocles

translation by Timberlake Wertenbaker

directed by Juliana Kleist-Mendez
Preview:        Dec. 2 @ 7:30pm
Show dates:  Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7 @ 7:30pm,
                        Dec. 7 @ 2pm

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

About the Play

Come one, Come all! Step right up to see Elektra by Sophocles in a new, musical translation by Timberlake Wertenbaker.  Elektra finds herself in an endless circus orchestrated by her father’s murderers: her mother, The Queen, and her mother’s lover who masquerades as The New King.  Elektra cannot take part in the charade of happiness and rages against the court, waiting for her exiled brother, Orestes to return and avenge their father. Through music, movement, and the female voice, Elektra takes us inside the toxic cycles of violence that plagued the Ancient Greeks and continue as national spectacle today.

About the Playwright
Lanford Wilson was an American playwright. His work, as described by The New York Times, was "earthy, realist, greatly admired [and] widely performed." Wilson helped to advance the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement with his earliest plays, which were first produced at the Caffe Cino beginning in 1964. (Wikipedia)

About the Director
Juliana Kleist-Méndez is a second-year MFA Directing student previously based in Brooklyn, NY. She is an Iowa-born Cuban American committed to embodied storytelling collaborations. Selected credits: Far From Canterbury (Winner of Best Musical: New York International Fringe Festival; Encores! at The SoHo Playhouse); La hija del pirata/The Pirate’s Daughter (La Pirata Productions); Club Silenciowith the Cuban Cultural Center of New York (Manhattan Theater Company); Elvira: The Immigration Play with Si Se Puede Productions (Lehman College, Collaboraction Theatre Company, Chicago); King Lear: A Radio Play (The Framework Theatre, Chicago). BA in Theater for Social Change from Cornell University. UC San Diego credits: Duchess! Duchess! Duchess! for WNPF 2019.

The Cast

Elektra – Savanna Padilla
Orestes – Anthony Adu
Clytemnestra – Amara Granderson
Tutor/King – Lee Vignes
Chorus Lead – India Gurley
Chrysothemis – Vita Muccia
Pylades – Amir Aftabi
Chorus – Sophia Donner, Rickie Emilie Farah,
Adriana Lopez, India Williams

The Creative Team

Director – Juliana Kleist-Mendez
Scenic Designer – Nicholas Ponting
Sound Designer – Andrew Lynch
Dramaturg – Kristin Leadbetter

Production Stage Manager – Topaz Cooks
Production Stage Manager – Gemma Rose Maliszewski
Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle 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.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays

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.





Dec. 2

Dec. 4

Dec. 5

Dec. 6

Dec. 7

Dec. 7
7:30 pm     PREVIEW

7:30 pm     OPENING

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm  

2:00 pm

7:30 pm     CLOSING




Advance tickets for this production are available only online through the "Click here for tickets" button above. You can leave a message at 858.534.4574 with questions and we will get back to you. You can also purchase 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.

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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