Welcome to the blog for All Our Tragic.
Here’s the general idea:
I aim to adapt all 32 surviving Greek tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; creating a script for an epic three-day cycle-play theater event. The script will be structured to be performed over three days, 10 to 12 hours each, akin to the Ancient Greeks’ communal festivals; gatherings which encompassed music, theater, politics and eating. It will be similar to a contemporary multi-day music festival, like Lollapalooza.
Two years ago I was provided the opportunity by Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab to adapt the seven surviving plays of Sophocles into one chronicle play, Seven Sicknesses. Though a challenge to produce, The Hypocrites, a Chicago based theater which I founded in 1997, produced Seven Sicknesses in the fall of 2011 in a four-hour event. Nightly, Greek-loving communities were birthed through experiencing the plays and conversing while food was served during intermissions. The production was an unexpected commercial success and The Flea (an Off-Off Broadway space in NY) is presenting the adaptation through February 29, 2012.
Encouraged by fellow artists and audiences, I now aspire to adapt the complete plays of Aeschylus and Euripides and fold them into the adapted Sophocles plays, creating a giant, yet precise, script for a cycle-play theater event. I envision the first day of the cycle focuses on Oedipus and Thebes; the second, Herakles and the Trojan War; the third, the fallout of the Trojan War, including Orestes’ homecoming. There are a few plays (for instance, The Persians by Aeschylus) that don’t readily fit into this structure, however I am confident that through the process of adaptation, they will find a position in the larger picture. I seek funding to support the creation of the script, which I anticipate will require approximately one year of work, including multiple workshops with professional actors. Upon completion of the script, the next phase will be to secure its production.