CSC starts the season with a celebration of classical Greek theater. We’ve gathered some of the best and brightest artists in the downtown theater scene to explore this rich and ever-fertile dramatic soil. Expect the unexpected in this month-long festival of productions, readings, seminars and Greek culture.
IPHIGENIA IN AULIS
As part of CSC’s inaugural Greek Festival, playwright Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns, a post-electric play) and director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) team up in this dynamic imagining of Euripides’ rarely-seen final play. Featuring new music by Indie Rock duo The Bengsons and choreography by Sonya Tayeh (“So You Think You Can Dance”), this electric rendering of an ancient story returns us to a world where a father is challenged to sacrifice his daughter to appease the gods.
- Iphigenia in Aulis By Euripides Transadaption by Anne Washburn Directed by Rachel Chavkin Music and music direction by The Bengsons Choreography by Sonya Tayeh Sets by Arnulfo Maldonado Costumes by Normandy Sherwood Lighting by Austin R. Smith Sound by Stowe Nelson Production stage manager Karyn Meek Production manager Amber Mathis With Rob Campbell (Achilles/Agamemnon), Amber Gray (Clytemnestra/Menelaus), Kristen Sieh (Iphigenia/Old Man/Messengers) and Abigail Nessen Bengson, Ato Blankson-Wood, Audrey Elaine Hailes, Mark Jaynes, Nike Kadri, Austin Ku and Jo Lampert (Chorus)
Transadapted by ANNE WASHBURN
Original Music by THE BENGSONS
Choreography by SONYA TAYEH
Directed by RACHEL CHAVKIN
Cast: COLETTE ALEXANDER, ABIGAIL NESSEN BENGSON, SHAUN BENGSON, ATO BLANKSON-WOOD, ROB CAMPBELL, AMBER GRAY, AUDREY ELAINE HAILES, GENEVA HARRISON, MARK JAYNES, NIKE KADRI, AUSTIN KU, JO LAMPERT, KRISTEN SIEH
Set Design ARNULFO MALDONADO
Costume Design NORMANDY SHERWOOD
Lighting Design AUSTIN R. SMITH
Sound Design STOWE NELSON
Distinguished playwrights Ellen McLaughlin, Charles L. Mee and Mac Wellman each take a fragment from the lost corpus of classical Greek plays from Sophocles and Euripides and weave them into three full dramatic evenings.
By MAC WELLMAN
Directed by ALICE REAGAN
Cast: HANNAH CABELL, RACHEL CHRISTOPHER, LINDA MANCINI, ABBY ROSEBROCK, KRISTEN SIEH
The Oresteia, the only surviving trilogy of Ancient Greek tragedy, is an inexorable exploration of human nature. It exists at a threshold between old and new worlds. In this production of few words, Aeschylus’ trilogy becomes the catalyst for a future tragic form. A distinctive theatrical language of gesture, image, and sound emerges.
PERFORMANCES FROM August 20-23 & 27-30, 2015
Inspired by AESCHYLUS
Conceived & Directed by JONATHAN VANDENBERG
In association with ASHES COMPANY
Cast: SAMUEL CARABALLO, ROBERT GRIMM, ADAM KAMPOURIS, IOANNA KATSAROU, TANNER LAMANUZZI,LAUREN MAYKUT, NATHANIEL PEART, CAITLIN PEREIRAS, ADAM ROPER, KRISTINA SIAPKARA