Afghanistan. Iraq. Syria. Israel. Palestine. Somalia. Libya. Darfur. Kashmir. Turkey. Myanmar. Ukraine. Tibet. Korea. Across the globe, conflicts rage in endless cycles of violence—an eye for an eye. These aggressions are reactionary, each slaughter justified by the slaughter before.
The thought may be horrifying, but is there something fundamentally human about the inability to let go of violence? Is it possible for justice to be truly rational, when it is attempting to control, punish or prevent the truly irrational? Could it be that there is something dangerously natural in the desire for vengeance?
The Oresteia chronicles a society’s struggle to break the cycle of sacrifice, revenge, bloodshed, and punishment that plagues them. One of the canonical tragedies ever written, it takes us to a journey of maturation of a society, in search for the way to deal with moral and social questions of Justice – questions that are still relevant today as they were 2,500 years ago.
Yale School of Drama, Thesis Production, 2015
The Opening sequence of the show
"Eliraz’s directing of his cast—most of whom play in the Chorus as well as taking specific roles—is truly masterful [...] The design and staging for the show is nothing short of brilliant [... The production] makes pointed use of its cast, making their voices and movements expressive devices that convey a variety of emotions and moods, almost always reacting rather than taking action [...]
One of the best aspects of this version of The Oresteia is that it makes us experience some of the mystery of myth, even as we realize that the great myths are meaningful because their interrogation of necessity, justice, obligation and mercy is both ancient and contemporary and never merely academic."
Donald Brown, "New Haven Review"
Play by: Aeschylus
Based on translation by: Ted Hughes
Adaptation and Directing: Yagil Eliraz
Composer: Matthew Suttor
Dramaturgy: Davina Moss
Scenic Designer: Fufan Zhang
Costume Designer: Annie Dauber
Projection Designer: Michael Commendatore
Lighting Designer: Elizabeth Green
Sound Designer: Pornchanok (Nok) Kanchanabanca
Stage Manager: Helen Irene Muller
Percussionist: Doug Perry
Actors (in alphabetical order):
Sebastian Arboleda, Andrew Burnap, Anna Crivelli, Ricardo Davila, Edmund Donovan, Melanie Field, Jonathan Higginbotham, Annelise Lawson, Sydney Lemmon, Jonathan Majors, Elizabeth Stahlmann, Remsen Welsh
Photos: T. Charles Erickson