Written in the fifth century B.C. by Aeschylus, translated by British poet Ted Hughes and directed of Mark Robison, associate professor of English, Union College Drama invites the public to watch as ideas come to life in The Eumenides, a timeless Greek drama beginning Feb. 28.
The third in a trilogy by Aeschylus which includes Agamemnon and The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides explores the installation of judicial systems to alleviate cycles of violence. Orestes, the protagonist of The Eumenides, is being hounded for having killed his mother, Clytemnestra, who killed his father, Agamemnon. How will vengeance be satiated? How will an equilibrium of justice be restored? In finding answers to these and other questions, 21st century audiences encounter the roots of western thought and civilization, recognizing familiar concepts even as they encounter ancient times and characters.
Those attending the performance on Thursday, March 6, are invited to stay afterwards for PlayBack, a half-hour conversation on the issues raised by in the Eumenides. Chris Blake, associate professor of English and communication, will moderate the discussion.
The play will be performed in Woods Auditorium on the campus of Union College, 3800 South 48th Street. Enter campus from Bancroft Avenue. Admission for the play is $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.
For further information, call Ashley Barber at 486-2523 and visit the Union College Drama site.