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Electra (McGuinness, adapt.) - Full Length Play, Drama

Electra (McGuinness, adapt.)

Sophocles ., Frank McGuinness

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573626951

Sophocles
Adapted by Frank McGuinness
"Leave it to a playwright who has been dead for 2,400 years to jolt Broadway [with] soul satisfying drama at its most passionately, intensely alive.... The astounding Zoe Wanamaker in the title role gives the performance of her career.... The foul de…

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Full Length Play

Drama

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Cutting Approved for Competition, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

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College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

The Sophoclean classic: When King Agamemnon returns from the Trojan War with his new concubine, Cassandra, his wife Clytemnestra (who has taken Agamemnon's cousin Aegisthus as a lover) kills them. Clytemnestra believes the murder was justified, since Agamemnon had sacrificed their daughter Iphigenia before the war, as commanded by the gods. Electra, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, rescued her young, twin brother Orestes from her mother by sending him to Strophius of Phocis. The play begins years later when Orestes has returned as a grown man with a plot for revenge, as well as to claim the throne.
"Leave it to a playwright who has been dead for 2,400 years to jolt Broadway [with] soul satisfying drama at its most passionately, intensely alive.... The astounding Zoe Wanamaker in the title role gives the performance of her career.... The foul deeds of Electra may have been recorded millenniums ago, but in this masterly modern dress version, they are as raw as the lead item off the police blotter.... It's a provocative evening that not only reacquaints you with the direct, unprocessed power of Greek drama but also provides a depth of pleasure you associate with great movies ... thanks to a sleek and hypnotic text by Frank McGuinness." - N.Y. Times
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4m, 6f

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Sarah Chichester 4/22/2013 8:23 PM
This adaptation of Sophocles's "Electra" is tension rising powerful display of emotions. Frank McGuinness uses a poetic vernacular throughout the play that is both easy and engaging to read. Anyone who hasn't had any experience reading classical dramatic literature, would appreciate the modern day language used, while any thespian would love the intensity of each and every line. You won't be able to put the book down until you're done.

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