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Cedar Crest College Performing Arts Presents Lighter Side of Greek Mythology Oct. 1-4
Allentown, PA (September 29, 2009)—Cedar Crest Performing Arts presents a rip-roaring race through Ancient Greece with the comedy, The Iliad, the Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less, playing October 1-4 in the Samuels Theatre of the Tompkins College Center.
Written by Jay Hopkins and John Hunter of the Jester Theater Company in Orlando, FL, and directed by Tim Brown, assistant professor of performing arts at Cedar Crest College, The Iliad, the Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology… is the fourth play in a row Brown has directed at Cedar Crest that is a contemporary retelling of Greek mythology, though this one is a marked departure from the dramas Metamorphosis, Big Love and Eurydice.
“I had said that I was not doing another Greek show, but this is a complete left turn. All the others dealt with fairly serious topics and I just wanted to do something that was funny and silly, with no redeeming social value,” Brown joked. “I guess it’s possible that the audience will learn a little bit about Greek mythology, and that it might encourage them to look into it a bit, but I’m not holding my breath. It’s been so long since we have done a really solid, silly comedy. This show is really nothing but pure entertainment.”
Brown said the show opens with Zeus and the other gods of Greek mythology being introduced with the red carpet treatment a la the Academy Awards, and descends into a rapid-fire Pandora’s Box of riotous jokes and sight gags (including Pandora’s Box, of course). Blinking is not recommended at this show.
“The cast is an ensemble of eight people playing literally hundreds of characters,” he said. “Everything happens so fast. I joke that if the play isn’t over in 99 minutes or less, the next show is free. I think the audience will have a lot of fun with this play.”
Brown is thrilled that the show, which was first produced in 2007, will be a Lehigh Valley premiere. It also holds a special place in his heart for another reason.
“I’m so excited because this is the first show that my son is going to be able to come and see,” said Brown of his eight-year-old son, Ben. “All the other shows had mature themes that weren’t really appropriate for him, but this is a play the whole family can enjoy.”
Cast for The Iliad, the Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less includes Cedar Crest College students Amber Getz, a first-year student from Lehighton, PA; Samantha Hyson, a senior from Okinawa, Japan; Rebecca Pandone, a first-year student from Blairstown, NJ; Grace Patton, a junior from Clarksburg, MD; and Haleigh Washburn, a first-year student from Freedom, CA. Other cast members are Mike Febbo, Ralph Montesano and Dave Serfass. Set and lighting design for the play is by Cedar Crest College Professor of Performing Arts Roxanne Amico, and costume design is by Rebecca Callan.
The Iliad, the Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less plays October 1-4 in the Samuels Theatre of the Tompkins College Center. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for Adults; $10 for Senior Citizens; and $5 for Students with ID. For tickets or information call the performing arts box office at 610-606-4608.