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May 16, 2006

Drama Department presents Aleta Hayes as Deianeira

The Drama Department will present Deianeira, a 40-minute solo work featuring performance artist Aleta Hayes, a lecturer in the department. Deianeira is based on Sophocles' Women of Trachis, which tells the story Deianeira, the wronged wife of the mythical hero Heracles, who—thinking that she is giving him a love potion to restore his affection—unwittingly immolates her husband with a poisoned robe.

Deianeira was adapted for Hayes by Rush Rehm, a professor of drama and of classics, who also is director. Hayes, who choreographed the work, is a dancer, singer and actor who performs with the New York City-based Jane Comfort and Company, and has worked with Ping Chong and Company and director-choreographer Martha Clarke, among other dance and theater companies. A Stanford alumna, she toured internationally in The Temptation of Saint Anthony, created by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock and theater director Robert Wilson.

Deianeira also will feature music by composer Michael Keck and video projections by designer Ethan Hoerneman.

Deianeira will be performed at 8 p.m. May 17-20 and May 24-27 in the Prosser Studio Theater in Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door or by reservation. For information or to buy tickets, call 725-5838. Information also is available online at



Barbara Palmer, News Service: (650) 724-6184,


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