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Oresteia, The - Collection / Anthology, Drama

Oresteia, The

Aeschylus

Collection / Anthology, Drama

ISBN: 9780881454901

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Drama

“The Oresteia is the granddaddy of domestic-violence drama, and that’s hardly Greek to us. The 2500 year-old Aeschylean trilogy—on which Sonny kills Mom and her love, who made sword meat of Dad—is as American as apple pie… …Auletta—whose own works include WALK THE DOG WILLIE, RUNDOWN, and the Obie-winning STOPS and VIRGINS—seems an odd collaborator for Aeschylus. But he is in fact an old hand at diddling with old Greeks. He has adapted both Sophocles’s AJAX and Aeschylus’s THE PERSIANS for Peter Sellars. He also adapted Georg Büchner’s DANTON’S DEATH for Robert Wilson. Carolyn Clay, Phoenix (Boston) “…I very like very much the truncated colloquial that you’ve worked out. It’s better than Ezra [Pound] managed and it’s just right for the purpose you have, to provide a fast moving text for the stage…” letter from James Lauglin, New Directions “…Auletta’s script glistens with old strokes highlighting rather than detracting from Aeschylus…” Ed Siegel, The Boston Globe
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Aeschylus

Aeschylus

Aeschylus was the earliest of the three great tragic poets of Greece-Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. He was born at Eleusis in 525 B.C.E., served in the Athenian army, and fought in the pivotal battles of the great Greek war with the Persians, including at Marathon. He showed himself as a great writer at a young age, but did not win a dramatic competition before his late 30s. After that, he ... view full profile

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