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Benilde artists stage ancient Greek tragedy

The Gracious Ones (The Eumenides) now a new 90-minute play

Clytemnestra played by Theater Arts student Edith Garcia; Orestes played by Theater Arts student David Palomo

The Gracious Ones, an adaptation of the ancient Greek play The Eumenides, will be staged from Nov. (Wednesday) 15 to  Nov. 18, 2023.

The one-act drama, by Aeschylus, the Father of Greek Tragedy, follows the story of Orestes after he kills his mother Clytemnestra in revenge for the death of his father, King Agamemnon. The Furies, a race of primordial creatures from the underworld, now hunt him down for his crime of matricide.

Under the guidance of the Greek god Apollo, Orestes is advised to flee to Athens and seek the aid of the Greek goddess Athena. She then calls for a trial of Orestes and the Furies for justice.

The Gracious Ones is produced by Novel:Theater, a group of young thespians from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Arts, Culture, and Performance (SACP).

The show features performances by Ezra Robles, Rianne Ang, Dim-C Borbon, Dara Estioko, Heleynah Galan, Katrina Gamba, Leann Garin, Kadesha Gumabay, Franchette Montezza, Niezel Nicolas, Erica Prado, Kimberly Villegas, Kiefer Francisco, Edith Garcia, Monica Joslyn, Dave Palomo, and Zhevriel Santos.

The show is directed by performer and stage manager Janji Gamboa. The production team is composed of dramaturgy by Aidan Angan, production design by Mei Abendan, set and props design by Katherine Fernando, costume design by Jara Vallejo, makeup and hair design by Angia Laurel, lighting design by Francyne Pagulayan, composition and sound design by Jo Cadiz, Alec Gan, and Joshua Paraguya, and poster design by Lyza Seguin.

The Gracious Ones is co-presented by The Friends of the Arts and the Prado Family

The 90-minute production will run Wednesday, November 15, to Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, with shows at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the 6F Black Box of the Benilde Design + Arts Campus, 950 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila.

Tickets are available at P350.

For ticket reservations and more information, visit

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