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|July 9th - 7:30 am
July 10th - 7:30 am
July 11th - 7:00 pm
Wheeler Ampitheatre - Located at Volker and Oak
(In front of the Nelsons-Atkins Museum of Art and Brush Creek)
|See the triumph of right over might, courage over fear, freedom over servitude,
moderation over arrogance.
The First Courtroom Drama
The Eumenides (The Furies) is the last chapter of Aeschylus' Oresteia trilogy the focuses
on "the curse of the house of Atreus", written in 458 B.C.
This marks Gorilla Theatre Productions' 15th annual Summer Greek Show. The play
follows AGAMEMNON and THE LIBATION BEARERS, both produced by Gorilla
Theatre the two previous summers. The Oresteia trilogy has been directed by James
Dean Carter, with a new original score composed by Daniel A. Doss.
AGAMEMNON told the story of the death of Agamemnon, king of Argos. He died at
the hand of CLytemnestra, his wife, after his return from the ten year Trojan war. THE
LIBATION BEARERS continued the journey with Agamemnon's children, Electra and
Orestes. The siblings plotted to avenge their father's death. Clytemnestra and her lover
Aegisthus (cousin to Agamemnon) die at the hands of Orestes.
In THE EUMENIDES, the goddess Athena convenes a trial for Orestes. Apollo and the
Furies (the goddesses of vengeance) argue against each other as to whether Orestes
should pay for his crimes with death. The use of a trial to resolve such a bloody conflict
was unprecedented, and heralds a new phase of civilized approaches to crime and
punishment. Apollo represents the new order of light and civilization against the primitive
Furies, who scream only for blood and more blood. Athena's acquittal of Orestes at the
end of the play is a symbol of Athens' progression into a more civilized era. Moreover,
Orestes' journey from boyhood to maturity is a metaphor for the transformation of
Athenian society itself. THE EUMENIDES shows us the first representation, in western
civilization, of a trial by a jury of 12 peers. Orestes' future hangs in the balance when
Clytemnestra's ghost seeks the help of the Furies to bring Orestes to justice for her
murder. The ancient Greek gods Athena and Apollo serve respectively as judge and
counsel to Orestes at the trial.
|Other Productions in this Trilogy of Plays: