Friday, July 7, 2017

Now Available: Aeschylus, Oresteia: An Adaptation

Now available from Hero Now Theatre: Aeschylus, Oresteia: An Adaptation by Rob Hardy. Paperback. 72pp. $16.95

In his adaptation of Aeschylus's classic drama, first performed at Carleton College’s Weitz Center Theater in May 2012, Rob Hardy delivers the essence of this famous trilogy in a single play that speaks forcefully to today’s audiences. 

In lean, lyrical poetry, Hardy’s Aeschylus highlights all the glory of the original, including epic tales of lust, war, family strife, and revenge; choruses that echo the religious influences behind Greek drama; and Aeschylus's pride in Athenian law, philosophy, and oratory. 

In his Oresteia Aeschylus gave Athenians reason to believe that institutionalized justice, not revenge, would tame the savagery of human beings. His message resonates in our time, and Hardy’s accessible adaptation is a steadfast modern guide to this ancient wisdom. 

“A heady bouquet of new wine drawn from an old wineskin.” 
—Eric Dugdale (Gustavus Adolphus College), reviewing the 2012 Carleton College production in Didaskalia: The Journal for Ancient Performance 

The book comes with an introduction by Professor of Classics (Emeritus) Thomas Van Nortwick, of Oberlin College, describing the political, social, and aesthetic context of the trilogy, and offering high praise for Hardy’s adept, graceful adaptation. Hardy has added numerous explanatory notes to help the non-specialist with unfamiliar names and concepts, and a map shows the location of important place-names mentioned in the play.

New Poem: "Phrasebook"

My poem " Phrasebook " has been published online in Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters .