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Hercules in Pennsylvania

Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries


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Thu, Feb 18.2021

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Co-Sponsored by: Penn State Beaver, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, and Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

About the play

  • Madness of Hercules by Euripides

    When the Greek hero Hercules returns to Thebes and finds his home occupied by a local tyrant, he goes on a rampage with his invincible bow, killing the men who have invaded his house and taken his family hostage. But in the heat of the battle, Hercules enters into a berserk rage and kills everyone in sight, including his wife and two young children, with his powerful weapon, mistaking them for enemies. When he comes back to his senses and takes in the horror of what he has done, Hercules contemplates suicide, but his close friend and fellow war veteran Theseus, stays by his side and offers unconditional support, encouraging him to share the burden of what he has done with his community. At its core, Euripides’ Madness of Hercules asks profound questions about how we should respond to unthinkable violence—as citizens, family members, friends, and neighbors—and how we can all work together to stop violence from occurring in our communities, before it’s too late.

Cast Members

  • Taylor Schilling Headshot

    Taylor Schilling

  • Frankie Faison Headshot

    Frankie Faison

  • David Denman Headshot

    David Denman

  • Jumaane Williams Headshot

    Jumaane Williams

  • Nyasha Hatendi Headshot

    Nyasha Hatendi

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