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TODAY: 'SAVING THE GREEKS, ONE TRAGEDY AT A TIME'

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Posted on October 31, 2011

The fall’s second presentation by the Department of Theatre and Dance showcases the talents of Cal U’s newest crop of aspiring actors and technicians.

First-year students will appear onstage and work behind the scenes to present “Saving the Greeks, One Tragedy at a Time,” a comedy by Jason Pizzarello.

Curtain time is 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4, and  2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. All performances are in the Gerald and Carolyn Blaney Theatre in Steele Hall.

“Saving the Greeks” is a breezy comedy full of laugh-out-loud merriment that pays homage to the melodramatic absurdity that is Greek tragedy.

The audience follows the story of Dialysis and his downtrodden slave, Peon, as they try to right all the wrongs done to the pitiful citizens of Athens.

Their efforts lead them to create Betterland, a city where formerly doomed tragedians can start their lives over again, free from the misfortunes of their previous existence. Traveling from tragedy to tragedy, Dialysis and Peon gather inhabitants for their new utopia.

With a script filled with droll witticisms, amusing one-liners and groaning wordplay, this comedy is suitable for all ages. It turns the Greek tragedy genre on its ear, gleefully exploiting the farcical possibilities and mining its rich comedic potential

Cost is $12 for adults, seniors and children. Students with valid CalCards are admitted free; their $5 deposit will be returned when they attend the performance. 

For ticket information, or to order tickets (with a credit card) by phone, call the Steele Box Office at 724-938-5943.