Hippolytus

by Euripides


Synopsis: Hippolytus is a mortal prince who prefers chastity and hunting to the pursuits under Aphrodite’s purview. He therefore worships Artemis, goddess of the hunt and virginity, to the exclusion of Aphrodite, goddess of love. Furious at this slight, Aphrodite avenges her honor by causing Hippolytus’ stepmother, Phaedra, to fall in love with him. When the horrified Hippolytus rejects Phaedra, she hangs herself out of shame, but not before writing a letter accusing her stepson of raping her. Upon reading the note, Hippolytus’ father, Theseus, curses his son, which leads to Hippolytus’ death. In the last scene, Artemis appears to reveal the truth to Theseus and comfort her dying protégé. Before she vanishes, Artemis promises to avenge Hippolytus’ death by inflicting a comparable punishment on Aphrodite’s next mortal favorite.

Cast

Aphrodite Betsy
Hippolytus Robert Steele
Servant Troy Taylor
Messenger David Westcott
Huntsman Stan Garman
Chorus of Troezenian Women Meghan Jones
  Wanda G. Gibbs
  Tracy Taylor
  Brenda Poucher
Phaedra Mickey Maywalt
Nurse Patty Patten Estrin
Theseus Paul Delo
Artemis Amelia Broome

 

Production Staff

Director Peter B. Young
Technical Director G.T. Longe
Stage Manager Mark Lees
Costume Execution Bess Ekstrom
Lighting Control Greg Frye
Production Assistants Robert Steele
  Paul Delo
  Randy Miller
  David Westcott
  Linda Kubitz
  Greta Cheatham
  Cathy O'Gara
  Richard Freeman
  Marvin Swain
  Dwight Whitt
  Jacqueline Babel
  Jacqueline Coleman
  Janis Dickinson
  Diane Molitaris
  Tiki Nelson
  Troy Taylor
  Tom Muir
  Eric Grimm