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2016 Theatre Season
Adapted from Euripides
March 30, 31 at 7PM & April 1, 2017 at 2PM
The Bacchus Players is proud to announce the 2017 production of Orestes by Euripides.
First performed in 410 BC, Orestes is part of a cycle of plays that dramatize the timeless story of human violence.
Orestes is the infant son of Agamemnon, a commander of the Greek forces during the siege of Troy. To help ensure victory and to appease the wrath of the goddess Artemis, Agamemnon sacrifices Iphigenia, one of his three daughters. Upon returning to Argos after the war, he is killed by his wife, Klytemnestra, in revenge for the death of their daughter.
Heart-broken and fearing for the safety of her brother, his sister Elektra has the baby Orestes spirited away to the mountains, hoping he will return one day to avenge his father's death, thereby continuing the endless cycle of violence and retribution.
The Bacchus Players' production of Euripides' Orestes is heavily informed by Yael Farber’s adaptation, entitled Molora. In Farber’s play, the action is set in South Africa at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Our play is set at no particular time in China.
Our production is dedicated to the victims of war. Some of the dialogue is taken from actual war testimonials stemming from the conflicts in Syria and Bosnia, and from an ad lib broadcast by Arab-Israeli journalist Lucy Aharish condemning the world's inaction on the recent events in Aleppo.