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An Elizabethan twist on Esther

Monday, October 23, 2006
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    PHOTO BY KAREN SELGMAN

    Holly Abbe, Isaac Gallaway, Julie Sena and Sheila Nichols audition for the Esther play.

 

Esther, the Hebrew Queen follows the story of Esther, a young Hebrew girl living in fourth-century-B.C. Persia who is selected from among all other women to be queen by King Xerxes. Keeping her heritage a secret on the advice of her uncle Mordecai, Esther finds herself surrounded by intrigue on all sides and eventually must devise a means to save her people from the scheming Haman, who is bent on wiping out all Jews within Persia’s borders. It’s a difficult task for a young girl; surviving court intrigue and advocating the plight of her people when approaching the king unbidden means a death sentence.

Moviegoers will find this story familiar due to the Oct. 13 release of the film One Night with the King.

Like the works of William Shakespeare, this biblical story is full of evil-plotting villains and their ambitious wives, orchestrated happenstance, assassination plots and young heroines with secrets to keep. These similarities simply beg that the story of Esther be written as a Shakespearean play. Add some comic characters and a good sword fight, and you’ve got Esther, the Hebrew Queen, written and directed by David Ian and performed by Corban College’s drama department.  

Corban cast members will pose as a traveling troupe of Shakespearean actors, and audiences will experience the classic Bible story in a whole new way.

Esther, the Hebrew Queen shows Nov. 9-11 and Nov. 16-18 at Corban College’s Psalm Performing Art Center. The Nov. 9 showing is at 10:30 a.m. All other performances are at 7:30 p.m. Because of the play’s intimate black box theater setting, tickets should be purchased ahead of time. Tickets are $10. Student and senior tickets are $8. For ticket information, call 503-375-7035. Corban College is located at 5000 Deer Park Drive SE in Salem.