Past Productions

Aristophanes’ Frogs

Spring 2018

Directed by Carina de Klerk

Dionysus, the god of theater and wine, undertakes a katabasis (a trip to the underworld) in order to bring back his beloved tragedian, Euripides, who had just recently died in 406 BCE. Along the way, he undergoes various ordeals with his slave, Xanthias. Once in the underworld, the recovery mission turns into a contest, as Dionysus judges two of tragedy’s heavyweights: Aeschylus and Euripides.

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Seneca’s Troades

Spring 2017

Directed by Yujhan Claros

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Sophocles’ Trachiniai

Spring 2016

Directed by Anna Conser

YouTube video forthcoming. See the review in Didaskalia.

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Euripides’ Ion

Spring 2015

Directed by Rachel Herzog

Euripides’ Ion tells the story of Creusa, an Athenian princess raped and abandoned by the god Apollo, and Ion, a foundling raised as a servant in Apollo’s sanctuary at Delphi. Their meeting unleashes an exciting plot of mistaken identities, long-kept secrets, and ultimately, reunion and reconciliation. This production will offer the rare opportunity to see this innovative and rarely performed tragedy in the original Greek with English supertitles, complete with all new music and choreography. Please note that the production contains some non-graphic discussion of sexual assault and its aftermath.

Watch Ion on YouTubeSee reviews in New York Arts and in Didaskalia.

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Aeschylus’ Choephoroi

Spring 2014

Directed by Anna Conser and Simone Oppen

This play, the second of Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy, portrays Orestes’ return to Argos to avenge his father Agamemnon’s murder, along with his sister Electra, by killing their mother Clytemnestra. The production included a chorus of 11 who sang and danced to a live, original score by Melody Loveless.

Watch Choephoroi on YouTube

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Seneca’s Thyestes

Spring 2013

Directed by Claire Catenaccio

Thyestes was written by the Roman philosopher and dramatist Seneca in the first century CE.  In this gruesome tragedy, Tantalus is summoned from the underworld to infect his House, rekindling enmity between his grandsons Atreus and Thyestes.  Having usurped the throne of Mycenae from Atreus, Thyestes has long been in exile.  Now Atreus lures his brother back to Mycenae, but not for reconciliation.  Following in the footsteps of grandfather Tantalus, Atreus plots the perfect vengeance: preparing Thyestes’ own sons for a nefarious feast. 

Watch Thyestes on YouTube.

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Euripides’ Alcestis

Spring 2012

Directed by Claire Catenaccio

Alcestis is the earliest surviving play by the Greek dramatist Euripides. Originally produced in 438 BCE in Athens, the play stands ambiguously between comedy and tragedy. Certain elements, such as the drunkenness of Heracles and the wrestling-match with Thanatos, are clearly comic. Yet the speeches and emotions of the central characters are deeply serious, and the play takes as its central theme the tragic limitations of human life and love.

Watch Alcestis on YouTube.

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