Translated by Peter Meineck
Directed by Desiree Sanchez
Film by Miguel Drake-McLaughlin
Lighting by David Ferri
Performances March 27-30, 2013 at 7:30pm
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, New York 11217
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HERAKLES runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Aquila Theatre returns to New York with this new production of Euripides’ powerful tragedy, HERAKLES. This production premiered at the Michael Cacoyannis Center in Athens, Greece in the summer of 2012 and forms part of Aquila’s groundbreaking Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives program, which received an unprecedented Chairman’s Special Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring stagings of Greek drama and town hall meetings to members of the veteran community and public across America. HERAKLES at BAM Fisher is the culmination of this three year program that has visited 100 communities and played the White House.
HERAKLES is set in the mythical city of Thebes at the time of the heroes. The government has been overthrown by Lycus, a soldier who feels that he should rule the city. He has condemned the daughter of the deposed king and her family to death. This is the family of Herakles, the mortal son of Zeus and great martial hero of Greece. But Herakles has been gone for over a year on his last mission and his wife, Megara and mortal father, Amphityron fear he is dead. Just as Megara, Amphityron and the children of Herakles are about to be killed, Herakles returns and kills the tyrant, Lycus. All should be well, but Hera, the goddess of marriage and childbirth, hates all that Herakles represents and sends the spirit of Madness to send him insanity. In a frenzied rage, Herakles kills his wife and children and when he awakes to see what he did he wants to take his own life.
HERAKLES was first produced at a time of constant war in ancient Athens and the themes of the play resonate today – the return of the warrior, the lot of the combat veteran, the family left at home, and the alienation of the veteran. This production features a cast of Aquilan’s, notable New York actors and actors who are themselves combat veterans.
After each performance there will be a post show talk back with noted writers, activists, combat veterans and actors.
This rental event is not presented by BAM. Regular BAM house and ticketing policies may not apply.