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Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 9:30AM
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 9:30AM
Friday, November 22, 2013, 9:30AM
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By Aeschylus
A new translation by British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes

Aeschylus, the fifth-century BC Attic tragedian, is famous for his knottiness...Ted Hughes, in his posthumously published translation of the Orestes trilogy, unties the knots and unpacks the compounded thoughts.The New York Times Book Review
Hughes's translation conveys a sense of the menacing strength of Aeschylus' poetryThe Washington Times

Whether we talk about the justice of war, the effects of man made climate change, the rights of one group of people to hold power over another, or the division between God (or gods) and Man, we are having the same conversation that the Greek tragedian Aeschylus wrote about in the Oresteia trilogy that began with Agamemnon, 2500 years ago. Now, using British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes' acclaimed translation, New Art Theatre presents a 21st Century retelling of Agamemnon as modern, gripping, and complex as the issues behind our daily lives and the evening news. New Art Theatre's innovative performance style and modern dress production is an intimate, understandable, and immediate rendition of an ancient classic that both respects the story and engages modern sensibilities. If you've been riveted by The Game Of Thrones – you'll love Agamemnon, the story that spawned it! As always with New Art Theatre's extraordinary classic productions, there will be talk-backs with the company after each enthralling performance.