The 2013 season for the classical performances of Siracusa greek theater has staged Antigone and Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and Aristophanes Women in parliament, marking an unprecedented success. The INDA, National Institute of Ancient Drama of Siracusa, has already announced the titles of the works chosen for the season 2014, the centenary year:
The Oresteia by Aeschylus in two shows: Agamemnon and The Libation Bearers – Eumenidi
The Wasps of Aristophanes
Outline of plots: Agamemnon
Agamemnon, king of Argos, headed to Troy with which he had entered the war, did not meet with favorable winds. To get the benefits of the gods and of Artemis, particularly hostile to him, he decided to sacrifice his beautiful daughter Iphigenia. The winds became favorable and sails were so drawn. Clytemnestra, his wife, however, had decided to avenge the sacrifice of his daughter, convincing Aegisthus, cousin of her husband and her lover, to help her. The first tragedy narrates therefore the death of Agamemnon, on his way back from Troy, killed with an ax by Clytemnestra and Aegisthus by his cousin.
The second tragedy is named after the Libation Bearers, the bearers of libations for the dead, who go to the tomb of Agamemnon. It tells of the return of Orestes to Argos, after ten years since the death of his father who, on the orders of Apollo, avenged the death of Agamemnon killing the culprits.
The third tragedy of the trilogy is called by the Furies, goddesses of vengeance, which were known as Eumenides (“the benevolent”) when they were in positive mood. This work is represented in the persecution of the Furies against Orestes.
The three shows are considered to be of equal importance and therefore also the comedy, so far only in weekly representation, will alternate with other works. The Oresteia was narrated on stage at the greek theater of Syracuse in 1948, in 1960 and 2008. While Wasps Aristophanes was performed at the greek theater of Syracuse in 2003. The great number of national and international public is confirmed Stability and a great organizational quality. Among the many events planned for the centennial, April 16, 2014, will be a reading at the Theatre of Syracuse greek Agamemnon, with the translation of the original Ettore Romagnoli.
The next 50th Cycle of classic 2014, will begin Friday, May 10 and ends Sunday, June 22.
For more information, you can log on to the official website of the INDA (www.indafondazione.org) where you can view the detailed program, the arrangement of seats in the auditorium and book tickets online.