New York, July 10, 2019 - NYU Skirball will present the New York premiere of award-winning director Joanne Akalaitis's Bad News... I Was There, a site-specific theatrical event. Audiences will be led on a unique a journey through NYU Skirball's lobby, hallways, and out-of-the-way spaces where messengers from classical drama share shocking events from the great stories of the ancient world: madness, murder, infanticide, suicide and gruesome warfare, sparing no details. Taken from the works of Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles, Racine, and Brecht, these monologues are spoken and sung in a harmonious chorus of English, interwoven with Greek, Latin, German and French. All paths lead to the empty stage where the company will recite the story of the battle of Salamis from The Persians by Aeschylus, the oldest surviving play in Western Literature.