ASTORIA – Eclipses Group Theater New York presents Perspectives of War: Ancient Greek Texts in Dialogue with the Modern World, a performance/workshop, on Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10, 5:30 PM, 31st Avenue and 34th Street in Astoria, as part of the 31st Ave Open Street program.
Presenting selections from ancient Greek tragedies, epics and histories— in original English translations— Perspectives of War examines war and its consequences—violence, conquest, greed, loss, displacement, mental and psychological trauma, and so on— from various viewpoints.
Texts to be performed include selections from the tragedies The Trojan Women, which explores the loss of family, property and country from the perspective of the conquered women of Troy; Iphigeneia in Aulis, which examines the horrific lengths an army’s leaders go to in order to launch an expedition; and Hercules, which shows the preeminent Greek hero bring violence into his own family while he is in a temporary frenzy.
Selections also include a scene from The Iliad presenting nature revolting against the rampaging warrior Achilles; and the Sicilian debate in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, in which the Athenian citizens deliberate whether to launch a massive expedition against the Sicilian state of Syracuse.
The performance will be followed by a discussion with the audience.
Admission is free but there is a limited seating capacity.
For reservations, email: [email protected].
Perspectives of War is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps.
Conceived and directed by: Ioanna Katsarou
Translated by: Demetri Bonaros
Thodoris Tsinias (musician/composer)
A production of Eclipses Group Theater NY.
More information is available online: https://egtny.com.