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Adjusted Realists in association with Davidson College

Barber Theatre at Davidson College

World Premiere

Directed and Written by Stephen Kaliski

Scenic Design: Anita Tripathi

Lighting Design: Kaylin Gess

Costume Design: Ketti Shum

Sound & Music Design: Tate E. Thompson

Photos by Kaylin Gess

Nurse/Orestes Transition
00:00 / 00:27
Camp Reveal
00:00 / 00:25
First HaikusThe Refugees Ensemble
00:00 / 00:19
Second HaikusThe Refugees Ensemble
00:00 / 00:20

The Refugees is set in contemporary Argos, one of the oldest cities in the world and the oldest in Europe. Clytemnestra is a jaded queen persuaded by her activist children to offer asylum to immigrants displaced by war and climate change. Orestes and Electra continuously express their distress for what is happening to the planet. The question the queen and her children try to answer is: Who do we let in?

Our world of The Refugees presents the discussion of global community and power of community. By testifying, the refugees (Athenians, Minoans, and Thracians) closed the emotional distance the royals had maintained throughout the show. This highlighted the danger of those being impacted to be spoken over/for by those who are not.


Much of the sound relied on underscoring to help drive the emotion of scenes. This was done by using atmospheric and textural beds.​

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