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Hendrix Players Present ‘The Persians’


Sam Gibson as Xerxes and Jazmine Denney as Atossa in The Persians, which opens Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Cabe Theatre on the Hendrix College campus.

CONWAY, Ark. (February 12, 2020) — The Hendrix Players and the Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance will present The Persians, an adaptation of Aeschylus’ classic drama by Ellen McLaughlin, Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. in Cabe Theatre. All performances are free and open to the public, though reservations are recommended.

This moving and poetic adaptation tells the story of one of the most influential battles of Western History, the Greek Army’s defeat of the forces of Xerxes at Salamis, from the point of view of the losing side. Queen Atossa and her subjects anxiously await news of their King Xerxes’ expedition to Greece. What they hear is inconceivably horrifying: The vast Persian Empire has fallen, with an entire army lost. Now the scant survivors of a catastrophic campaign, including Xerxes himself, must find a way to continue to live in the shattered world they once called home.

Murphy Visiting Director of Theatre Arts Angela Iannone, an award-winning actor, director, educator, and playwright, directs this production. The cast and crew include:

Chris Hampton ’23 as Chorus
Landry Dosher ’23 as Chorus
Mary Dann Betbeze ’23 as Chorus
Jack Frey ’21 as Chorus
Elijah Dilday ’23 as Chorus
Emily Gardner ’20 as Chorus
Jazmine Denney ’21 as Atossa 
Avery Kennedy ’21 as Darius
Sam Gibson ’22 as Xerxes 
Ria Joshi ’23 as Herald 
Bailey Wooldridge ’21 as Stage Manager
Rachel Petelle ’23 as Assistant Stage Manager
Phillip Powell ’23 as Assistant Stage Manager
Summer Fish ’23 as Movement Captain

To make reservations online, visit or email To reserve tickets by phone, call the Cabe Theatre Box Office on weekday afternoons: 501-450-1343.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit