Three Classics opens March 14 at Adams State


three classics poster black and white image with man in greek toga being attacked by a winged creature

The Adams State University Theatre production Three Classics will feature the short plays, "(Anti)gone," "In His Bold Gaze, My Ruin is Writ Large," and "Prometheus Rendered." The one-acts, directed by senior theatre major John-Christian Maheu will open at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 and continue nightly through March 18, in the Xperimental Theatre.

"Three Classics," by Jason Grote, parody the three original Greek Classics, using modern settings and dialogue to tell the stories. "The three one-acts are a combination of comedy and drama," Maheu said.

He admires Greek writing and the "old Greek-style" of theatre. "I love the passion, the power and the commanding presence. It is the beginning of theatre and has held that form for hundreds of years." The plays include a choral ensemble, "eleven people at once portray the story and create an atmosphere of the old style."

Along with the plays, Maheu collaborated with graduate art student Madeleine "Maddie" Ahlborn to present performance art before the show and during intermission. Doors open at 7 p.m. and audience members will be treated to a performance in the lobby before the curtain rises on Three Classics, and again at intermission. "My favorite part of directing has been the collaboration. I am open to everyone's ideas and art forms and styles. Then I hone and pick-out the pieces that work the best. It has been so enlightening." Music major Andrew Naughton, percussionist, will also perform live on stage. "It is so cool, working with actors, artists and musicians."

His biggest challenge has been the timeframe, including managing rehearsal time, work schedule, classes and homework. Maheu will graduate during the spring commencement ceremony and plans to move to Denver to act. Eventually he plans to study Greek Theatre in Greece, Shakespeare in London, Commedia del Arte in Italy, and then open his own theatre for more collaborations.

He encourages audience members to come early for the performance art. "The audience will enjoy an evening of artwork and entertainment," Maheu added.

Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling 719-587-8499. Tickets prices are $9 general admission; $8 seniors and high school students, and free admission for ASU faculty, staff, and students.