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April 5, 2012

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University will present Euripides’ Greek tragedy Hippolytos Friday, April 20–Saturday, April 21 and Thursday, April 26–Sunday, April 29 in the Fine Arts Center La Croix Black Box Theatre.

Hippolytos is a classic tale of love, passion, and obsession. Hippolytos is a mortal prince who prefers chastity and hunting to the pursuits associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. He therefore worships Artemis, goddess of the hunt and virginity, to the exclusion of Aphrodite. Furious at this slight, Aphrodite avenges her honor by causing Hippolytus’ stepmother, Phaedra, to fall in love with him.

“People who like theatre will enjoy Hippolytos,” said David Gardiner, the Viterbo theatre faculty member who is directing the production. “It is 2,500 years old and it is still performed around the world in many languages. It has very powerful themes, obsession, religious freedom, and politics all rolled into one. The story is just as relevant today.”

The cast includes Viterbo student actors Libby Anderson, John Dobbratz, Rebecca Johnson, Chelsea McManimon-Moe, Jhardon Milton, Margaret Teshner, Courtney Toepel, and Charlie Ward.

“Greek tragedies, like Shakespeare, are an important part of an actor’s training,” Gardiner said. “They have very demanding roles for the actors, heightened language, characters, situations, and emotions are all outsized. It is all about super humans involved in universal stories that apply to all of us of real size and stature. Fortunately, Viterbo’s actors are always up to the challenge.”

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. except for the April 29 production, which is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission seating. For more information, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit 


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