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The edgy version of Euripides: Orestes 2.0

October 16, 2013

A guest director will bring a shocking adaptation to the Colorado State University stage in Orestes 2.0 -- an edgy and dark re-visioning of the original works of Greek playwright Euripides.

Orestes 2.0

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Orestes 2.0 presents the Greek tragedy, Euripides, through the lens of modern pop culture. Images by CSU Photography.


Edgy update of Orestes 2.0

Bringing high quality, affordable live theatre to the Front Range, the theatre program at Colorado State University presents Charles Mee’s jaw-dropping twist on classic characters in Orestes 2.0.

Thursdays through Sundays Oct. 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington Street.


  • $8/CSU students
  • $18/ adults

This show is not appropriate for youth under 18 due to strong adult content and themes.

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787), or online. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Free ticket offers

CSU students get in free on Ticket Thursdays, Oct. 10 and 17.

Free Ticket Sundays offers are available to the public on Oct. 13, and 20. Ticket Sundays are being sponsored by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund.

Space is limited and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis at the Ticket Office at (970) 491-ARTS (2787). Read more.

About the play

Orestes 2.0 is an edgy and dark re-visioning of the original works of Greek playwright Euripides. This fever-dream of a play weaves snippets from Vogue Magazine, Soap Opera Digest, interviews with porn star Mai Lin, and works by William Burroughs and Apollinaire, with plays of Euripides as it tells the story of Orestes and Electra, who murdered their mother to avenge the murder of their father at her hands.Image by CSU Photography.

The show presents the Greek tragedy through the lens of modern pop culture with a jaw-dropping smash-up of texts from the contemporary world: essays, newspapers, National Enquirer, Reader’s Digest, talk shows, news reports, Rush Limbaugh, comic boo

ks, TV Guide, online manifestos and blogs, legal transcripts, and more.

CSU’s production features guest professional director Sanaz Ghajarrahimi as part of the theatre program’s second annual Guest Artist Initiative, sponsored in part by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund. She notes that the production has an extremely dark countenance, and plans to fully embrace that aspect.

“The story itself feels timeless,” Ghajarrahimi said. “It’s a vicious cycle of violence in a family as a parallel to the cycle of violence in an empire.”

While the play has an ominous edge, Ghajarrahimi plans to emphasize the lighter, sometimes humorous facet of the play as well.

“We want to find the human story in the shocking material,” Ghajarrahimi said. “We want people to leave laughing a little bit and also to take something thought provoking from the play.”

Critical acclaim for Orestes 2.0 by Charles Mee

"Filtering his modern-day vision through Greek mythology, Mee presents an otherworldly tableau that 'Orestes 2.0' takes place in modern America, or at least an America seen through a David Lynch lens. ... Mee's dark, offbeat humor has the Greek chorus of nurses turn lounge act by breaking into Leon Russell’s 'Superstar,' or Electra-as-chanteuse singing 'Angel Eyes' amid the carnage. Brilliant." ~ Variety

  • Read more about director Sanaz Ghajarrahimi and special guest projection designer Alex Koch

Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891