Presented by the Program in Theater as part of the New Works Festival I.
Vestalia: Scenes from 216 BCE by Lydia Gompper
Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.
Discussions of sexual assault, violence against women, pregnancy/abortion, suicide, death, and war.
Please silence all electronic devices including cellular phones and watches, and refrain from text messaging for the duration of the performance. No flash photography permitted.
Opimia: Kate Short ’23*
Floronia: Katie Hameetman ’23*
Palladium: Ally Wonski ’22*
Lucius: Vincent Gerardi: ’25*
Lentulus: Jessica Lopez ’24
Director: Eliyana Abraham ’23*
Costume Designer: Lydia Gompper ’22*
Lighting Designer: Kit H. Bernard Foster ’24
Sound Designer: Eliyana Abraham ’23*
Stage Manager: Sydney Hwang ’24*
*denotes a certificate student in the Program in Theater
Nathan Davis, Playwriting Advisor
Special thanks to the real Opimia and Floronia (and to Livy, who told me their names).
— Lydia Gompper
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