An Oresteia: Agamemnon, Electra & Euripedes, at Classic Stage Company
Classic Stage Company will present the world premiere of An Oresteia, acclaimed poet Anne Carsonï¿½s new translations of Aeschylusï¿½ Agamemnon, Sophoclesï¿½ Electra and Euripedesï¿½ Orestes, compiled into a two-part theatrical event, performed on two separate evenings or in a one day marathon.
- Part I Agamemnon by Aeschylus
Electra by Sophocles
Directed by Brian Kulick & Gisela Cardenas
- Part II
Orestes by Euripides
Directed by Paul Lazar
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
An Oresteia opens at the Classic Stage Company on 1 Apr 2009, following previews from 22 Mar and will run through to 19 Apr 2009.
The New York Times calls Anne Carson ï¿½one of the most extraordinary poets writing in English.ï¿½ In this iconoclastic new look at one of the great works of Greek Tragedy, Ms. Carson combines three different visions, giving birth to a bold new rendering of the fall of the House of Atreus. Publishers Weekly has already hailed this soon-to-be published translation as "A masterpiece. Ms. Carson is one of the great poets writing today," calling this new work "a thrilling ride, triumphantly fresh and psychologically enthralling with stunning expressions of pain and sublime poetry."
Anne Carson is a poet, an essayist, and a classicist. She was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living. She was twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, was honored with the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize, both for poetry, and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. In 2001 she received the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry-the first woman to do so, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her trilogy of translations of An Oresteia is to be published concurrently with this production.
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