Carnegie Mellon University

Productions Honored

02-10-2010

School of Drama Productions Recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Two Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama productions have recently been recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "The Oresteia Project," (2007) has been named one of the Best Plays of the Decade, and School of Drama professors Michael Chemers, Don Wadsworth and Matthew Gray have been named Best Supporting Actors of 2009 by the Post-Gazette for their roles in "The London Cuckolds, " (2009).

Oresteia ProjectPost-Gazette senior theater critic Christopher Rawson described the selection process as "the shows that have stayed with me most vividly out of the more than 1,700 reviewed in Western Pennsylvania in the decade."

"The London Cuckolds" (2009) was directed by School of Drama professor Wadsworth, and Carnegie Mellon graduate student Nathan Hall composed an original score for the production. Chemers, Gray and Wadsworth played three imprudent husbands desperate to keep their wives faithful.

"The Oresteia Project" (2007) was quite the feat, since most productions do not attempt to perform Aeschylus' trilogy in its entirety. Students in the School of Drama worked on the play from February 2006 until production in April 2007. School of Drama faculty members Jed Allen Harris, Gray and J.A. Ball, then visiting assistant professor of dramatic literature, all contributed as directors.

Eric Sloss