The Riverside Theater
New York, NY, 2011
Aeschylus' The Oresteia
first performed at the Dionysia Festival in 458 BCE. Its three plays - Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, Eumenides
- comprise the only extant Ancient Greek trilogy. Aeschylus depicts the events of the House of Atreus, including Queen Clytemnestra's murder of her husband King Agamemnon, and their children's subsequent revenge upon their mother.
This radical production distills the trilogy into a three-act performance. Textual dialogue is almost entirely eliminated. This facilitates an inexorably stark theatrical language that explores the trilogy's actions, imagery, and theology. The production was remounted in 2015.
Inspired by Aeschylus
Concept, Director, Sound: Jonathan Vandenberg
Performers: Gus Birney, Samuel Caraballo, Robert Grimm, Natalia Miranda, Leta Hirschmann-Levy, Daniel Levitt, Tobin Ludwig, Katie Meister, Rachael Richman, Adam Roper
Scenic: Jessie Kressen, Jonathan Vandenberg
Costumes: Olivera Gajic
Costume Assistant: Nina Bova
Lighting: Joe Novak
Dramaturg: Erik Grathwohl
Sound Associate: M. Florian Staab
Mask: Andrew Jordan