Children of Light at California Stage
Playwright Rick Foster teams up once again with the talented Janis Stevens—they’ve previously collaborated very successfully on the award-winning plays Love, Isadora and Vivien—for this re-telling of Elektra. Eurpides’ version of the tale of war, murder and revenge is set in the aftermath of the Trojan war, as Elektra schemes to avenge the murder of her father, Agamemnon, by her mother, Klytemnestra, as well as her own forced marriage to a man beneath her station. Elektra enlists her emotionally unstable brother, Orestes, in her quest for revenge. This new version by Foster, called Children of Light, highlights the frustration of a brilliant woman confined by a male-dominated society. Stevens directs and also shares the role of Klytemnestra with Mary Beth Barber. Expect something classic. California Stage, 2509 R Street; $12-$20; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; (916) 451-5822; www.calstage.org. Through June 14.