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Night-time, in the suburbs. A man is standing guard over a door. In his sleeplessness, he is only longing for one thing : change. Things must change, they cannot stand as they are. But who can he address this wish to? The heavens and their gods are dubious. To the city's regent? Agamemnon, who sacrified his own daughter Iphigenia, in order to get favourable winds from the gods? Or Clytemnestra, his wife, who is now having an affair with a young lover? How can an adulterous woman be a good regent?

That's how begins the Oresteia by Aeschylus. Agamemnon and his cortege of victorious warriors return from Troy. He is followed by a line of imprisoned girls and women from Troy. Among them, King of Troy Priam's daughter, Cassandra, prophesies Agamemnon's murder by Clytmenestra and her lover, and Oresteia's revenge.

What comes next is only the story of the prophecy's realization. Clytemnestra and her lover kill Agamemnon. Electra, who witnessed her father's murder, decides to kill her mother and waits for her brother Oresteia to come and carry out the chore. Murdering his mother, Oresteia confirms the reign of the Erinyes, the Antic goddesses responsible for the rule of revenge, the only law that appears to be certain in these times of turmoil. At the end, Oresteia's destiny is put into the end of the citizens. The crime is negociable. The heavens are empty, men must bear the entire responsibility for their acts.


After The Oresteia by Aeschylus

With the participation of Michael Köhlmeier

Directed by Anna Badora, artistic director of the Schauspielhaus Graz

Set Raimund Orfeo Voigt

Costume Werner Fritz

Video Philipp Haupt

Music Dominik Strycharski

Light Paul Grilj

Dramaturgy Regina Guhl

Première on the 15th March, 2013 at the Schauspielhaus Graz, Austra

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Aeschylus | Anna Badora

15 March, 2013