Campus Life

Flavours of ancient Greece to tantalize audiences of Exia

Sink your teeth into one of the juiciest dramas of the Drama Main Stage season. Spicy, sensual and tantalizing, Exia, written by Governor General Literary Award nominee and Theatre and Dramatic Arts faculty, Meg Braem, promises to satisfy all audience appetites.

Exia, by Meg Braem, plays at 8 p.m. nightly in the University Theatre, Nov. 19-23.

Playing Nov. 19-23 in the University Theatre at 8 p.m. nightly, this premier production transports patrons to a sumptuous scene in Ancient Greece. Chrysothemis and Elektra have returned home to discover their father, King Agamemnon, murdered by their anorexic and withdrawn mother. Through the power and fragrance of her gastronomical talents, Chrysothemis attempts to bring her family back together.

“Exia is about murder and revenge, but it’s also about young love. And although it’s based in the tradition of Ancient Greece, is very contemporary – very sensual and touching,” says Gail Hanrahan, director.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for her play, Blood: A Scientific Romance, playwright Meg Braem gives credit to the students in her Canadian Plays and Development class two years ago for helping develop Exia.

“This play is truly built out of the university, and incorporates the voices of our students,” she says. “It is about youthful characters and incorporates the themes and beauty of young love. It was through the work done in class with our students that we captured that spirit in the script.”

Exia, derived from the word orexis, or appetite, promises to satiate audiences with a feast promising to enthrall, excite and thrill.

Tickets are available at the University Box Office (Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 403-329-2616). Tickets are priced at $18 regular, $15 senior, $12 students and are also available for purchase online: