directed by Aubrey Snowden
Sexy and classically poised, the cast of Phedre brings a modern tabloid twist to the 17th century Jean Racine's Phedre. The myth of Phedra is one of the most powerful in all of classical mythology. Left alone by her husband Theseus, Phedre grows ill out of her desire for Hippolytus. Tortured, Phédre finally confesses her love for him, however, he is shocked by his stepmother's advances, as he is in love with the Athenian princess Aricia. A queen unhinged by her illicit lust for her stepson, Phédre cannot get over the vicious, unspeakable betrayal of her own body, and becomes consumed with illness. The dying queen's obsessive love for her stepson and the scrupulously upright love that Hippolytus' has for the forbidden beauty Aricia, has come to be known as one of the great stories of tragic infatuation. This drama is an entrancing testimony of passion, a tale of love strong enough to bring down a kingdom.
11/6/2008 at 8:00pm