School of Drama To Perform Complete Greek Trilogy, "The Oresteia Project," April 11–28
Rarely Performed in Its Entirety, the Classic Greek Trilogy Tells of Fate and Revenge
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama will present Aeschylus' complete Greek trilogy, "The Oresteia Project," consisting of "Agamemnon," "The Choephorae" and "The Eumenides," April 11–28 in and around the Philip Chosky Theater and the Purnell Center for the Arts on campus.
"School of Drama directing professor Jed Harris' 10-year research into this play culminates in a multiple-night, multiple-venue, boundary-smashing vision that promises to take this ancient text to new aesthetic heights," said Elizabeth Bradley, head of the School of Drama.
Almost never performed collectively, the Oresteia trilogy is considered one of the greatest plays by Greek playwright Aeschylus and a masterwork of the Greek canon. Following the end of the Trojan War, young Orestes must avenge his father Agamemnon's death by slaying his murderer, Orestes' mother Clytemnestra. Students in the drama school have been at work on this ambitious project since February 2006. It is perhaps the most complex repertory project that the school has attempted.
"Agamemnon," translated by Kenneth McLeish and Fredric Raphael, will be directed by Jed Allen Harris, a member of the directing faculty; and Matthew Gray, assistant professor of acting. The duo will also direct "Choephorae," translated by McLeish and Raphael. "Eumenides" will be directed by Harris and J.A. Ball, visiting assistant professor of dramatic literature.
Show times are 7:30 p.m., Monday–Friday; and 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are $11 for students, $13.25 for senior citizens, $17.50 for Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff, and $22 for adults. The entire cycle can be seen back-to-back each Saturday of the run.
For additional information about the upcoming season or ticket purchases, contact the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407, noon–5 p.m., Monday–Friday; or visit www.cmu.edu/cfa/drama. For more information on the School of Drama or the College of Fine Arts visit www.cmu.edu/cfa or contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Above, right: Kirsten Bracken, Thea Brooks and Kara Lindsey perform as members of the Daemon Chorus from “Agamemnon.”]