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Actor Uses Masks to Bring Greek Tragedy to Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Albany actor Bertrand Fay will use character masks created by artist Robert Blood to assume the roles of Trojan War heroes in a performance of classic Greek theater at Hudson Valley Community College.

Fay will present Euripides' topical tragedy "Iphigeneia at Aulis" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 in the auditorium of the Bulmer Telecommunications Center at Hudson Valley.

Considered a stern critique of Greek culture, "Iphigeneia at Aulis" condemns the Trojan War, depicting the ugly and awesome power of political ambition. Euripides wrote with an awareness of the dire condition of Greece during the civil war fought between Athens and Sparta for control of the Greek-speaking world.

The play was first produced after Euripides' death in 406 B.C. It tells the story of the historic king, Agamemnon, who faced impossible choices and ultimately sacrificed his daughter, Iphigeneia, to facilitate the Greek armies' advance on Troy.

Formerly an instructor and lecturer at several area colleges, Fay maintains a solo performance repertory of 10 tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, which he has performed at theaters and festivals throughout the country. He has acted in the Shakespeare Recital, Merely Players and the Men and Women of William Shakespeare.

Presented by the Cultural Affairs Program at the college, the performance is open to the public. General admission is $5, and admission for seniors and students through age 14 is free. Hudson Valley students will be admitted free with college ID. For tickets and additional information, call 629-4TIX.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.