Orestes: An Antic Tragedy

Orestes: An Antic Tragedy
transadapted by Anne Washburn

Productions (3)
  • Drama/Comedy
  • |
  • 135 - 145 minutes
  • 1 f, 2 m, 5 either (8-12 actors possible: 1-6 f, 2-7 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult content
  • Set: The front of a house, with a large door.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-469-1

Orestes: An Antic Tragedy
transadapted by Anne Washburn

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Productions (3)
  • Drama/Comedy
  • |
  • 135 - 145 minutes
  • 1 f, 2 m, 5 either (8-12 actors possible: 1-6 f, 2-7 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult content
  • Set: The front of a house, with a large door.

The Trojan war is over. Orestes and Electra have killed their mother. The city wants them dead. Just when it seems like they have nowhere to turn, their best friend comes up with a plan... Ironic, desperate, humorous, and highly entertaining, this potent satire on the Oresteia myth brings this marvelous play to new life.

Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

*The per performance fee begins at $80. Your per performance fee will be provided during the ordering process.

Play Details

The Trojan war is over. Orestes and Electra have killed their mother. The city wants them dead. Just when it seems like they have nowhere to turn, their best friend comes up with a plan... Ironic, desperate, humorous, and highly entertaining, this potent satire on the Oresteia myth brings this marvelous play to new life.

Casting Note: Only in the case of college productions may the roles be single cast. See script for details.

  • Drama/Comedy
  • |
  • 135 - 145 minutes
  • 1 f, 2 m, 5 either (8-12 actors possible: 1-6 f, 2-7 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult content
  • Set: The front of a house, with a large door.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-469-1

Published Reviews

"You do not need a shred of knowledge about Greek literature to be carried away by the ebullient, sharp-tongued, constantly surprising and delightful Orestes."

Anita Gates, The New York Times

"Beginning with the second or third sentence, the audience knows that it is in the hands of masters, among them Ms. Washburn."

Anita Gates, The New York Times

"Ingeniously contemporary, eloquently delirious..."

Washington City Paper

"What characters! And what a story! It is the kind of story we begged our parents to tell us before we went to bed, and which thereafter kept us up all night... Euripides and Anne Washburn have conspired to tell an unforgettable story."

DC Theatre Scene

"...a complicated and difficult work, with viewpoints that rapidly shift and attitudes that encompass bitter irony as well as sorrow and hope -- but it's a fascinating experience with a surprising resolution..."

Talkin' Broadway

"...Anne Washburn has tweaked the play's diverse dimensions into a highly accessible composite, while artfully inserting a delicious element of funkiness. For theaters seeking to introduce new audiences to the classics, it makes an inviting entry point."

Paul Harris, Variety

"Pleasingly re-engineered for a modern ear... "

Peter Marks, The Washington Post

"Anne Washburn has a way of laser-targeting her language that makes the material explode, even at a distance of 3,000 years."

Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

Production History

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NOV 07, 2012 - NOV 11, 2012
Union College-Theatre Department
Schenectady, NY United States
Union College-Theatre Department Schenectady, NY United States
MAR 23, 2010 - APR 11, 2010
Two River Theater Company
Red Bank, NJ United States
Two River Theater Company Red Bank, NJ United States
JAN 27, 2010 - MAR 07, 2010
Folger Theatre
Washington, DC United States
Folger Theatre Washington, DC United States
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Production Group
Location
MAR 23, 2010 - APR 11, 2010
Two River Theater Company
Red Bank, NJ United States
Two River Theater Company Red Bank, NJ United States
JAN 27, 2010 - MAR 07, 2010
Folger Theatre
Washington, DC United States
Folger Theatre Washington, DC United States