Artists and Community Series
Under the Auspices of the Merle Debuskey Studio Program
Adapted from the trilogy by Aeschylus
Translated by Ellen McLaughlin
Music Composed by Kamala Sankaram
Directed by Andrew Watkins
Streaming free online June 25 at 7PM through June 29 at 7pm
Running time: 2 hours
June 26 at 4pm, moderated by Emily Greenwood (Professor of Classics, Yale University)
June 27 at 2pm, moderated by Drew Lichtenberg (Dramaturg, 2019 Shakespeare Theatre Company production)
Featuring Obi Abili, Corey Allen, Helen Carey, Kathleen Chalfant, Kelley Curran, Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Rinde Eckert, Robin Galloway, Ismenia Mendes, Rad Pereira, Reynaldo Piniella, Sophia Skiles, Simone Warren
Creative Team Joanna Lynne Staub (Sound Designer), Erin Heilveil (Assistant Sound Designer), Ralph Stan Lee (Stage Manager), Kacey Gritters (Assistant Stage Manager) Anna Michael (Video Editor)
What does history demand? What is justice? What do we owe each other? The Greeks ask all the toughest questions.
The Oresteia by Ellen McLaughlin was commissioned and developed by Shakespeare Theatre Company, which in 2019 produced the world premiere, directed by Michael Kahn.
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Theatre for a New Audience’s Artists & Community Series is presented under the auspices of the Merle Debuskey Studio Program. The program is named for Merle Debuskey, legendary press agent and long-time TFANA Board Member and advocate, through a bequest from his estate. Merle was an influential force on and off Broadway for decades, notably as chief promoter of Joseph Papp’s Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park. He represented hundreds of shows, including the Broadway hits How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Chorus Line, and Jesus Christ Superstar. He served as President of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers for many years.
The Orestia was commissioned and developed for Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, where it also received its World Premiere under the direction of Michael Kahn and was funded by the Roy Cockrum Foundation.
We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.