Rogue Oresteia

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Rogue Theater presents Rogue's Oresteia, which links the origins of theater to the present with full productions of Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis, Hugo von Hofmannsthal's Elektra, and Charles Mee's Orestes 2.0, running in repertory. Iphigenia at Aulis is a prequel to Aeschylus' original Oresteia, telling the story of a power-hungry Agamemnon's struggle with a prophecy that says he must sacrifice his oldest daughter to bring the winds which will allow the Greek fleet to sail to Troy. The production has been newly translated by director Kerstin Broockmann. Elektra picks up seven years after Aeschylus' Agamemnon, wherein the patriarch was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover. The German expressionism piece Elektra will be presented in an original translation/adaptation by director Stephen Fedo. The trilogy closes with Charles Mee's Orestes 2.0, an ironic American take on the aftermath of the Atreian family slaughters. In Orestes 2.0 Mee blends humor and atrocity to paint a disturbing picture of a family gone as wrong as possible, linking the story in nightmare fashion to serial killers, political scandal, terrorism, and war. Schedule Iphigenia at Aulis July 31 and August 7, 14, 21 at 2 PM July 29, 30 and August 5 at 8 PM. Elektra July 31 and August 7, 14, 21 at 4 PM August 6, 12, 13 at 8 PM. Orestes 2.0 July 31 and August 7, 14, 21 at 7 PM August 19, 20, 26 at 8 PM.