Boston Playwrights Riff Off the Greeks
Essayons Theatre Company has announced plans to present Europhochylus, Massachusetts, a festival of world premiere plays set in New England incorporating elements of Greek tragedies and myths.
Consisting of six 1-hour plays presented over two evenings, the festival will run from May 14 - May 29 at the Boston Center for the Arts. In preparation for the festival, participating playwrights were asked to read classic Greek plays and then incorporate appropriate elements, themes, characters and situations into their own work.
For Essayons Theatre Company Co-Artistic Director Art Hennessey, the result was a sociopolitical study told through the eyes of laborers.
"Evil things are sown through war and empire building
in the Greek plays," says Hennessey. "However, in American drama,
the enemy has increasingly been the American Dream, and the role of the
corporation and the organization in the military, politics, religion,
and our daily lives. In 'Mowing the Parched Earth,' I tried to see how
these two themes could connect."
"Desire" by Josh Rollins
"Megan" by Irina Salimov
The Program schedule is as follows:
The actors for the festival will include: David Grant Beck, Edwin F. Beschler, Jessica Blake, Nate Connors, Dawn Davis, Meagan Hawkes, Amanda Good Hennessey, Art Hennessey, Matt Hillas, Doug Hodes, Nancy Hurlbut, Sonya Joyner, Lisa Miller-Gillespi, Dan O'Brien, Stephanie O'Neil, Sara Peterson, Floyd Richardson, Angela Rose, Adam T. Rosencrance, Evan Siegal, Irina Salimov, Bernice Sim, Murray Wheeler and Sarah Copeland Visser.
The Essayons Theatre Company is a collaborative of theatre artists that seeks to develop theatrical works combining talents from different artistic disciplines. The company has performed across the nation, and its members have gained recognition as actors, writers and directors.
Past Essayons' productions include: "Hell on Earth" (1999 - winner of the Cupie Doll Award at the Seattle International Fringe Festival), "Live Hostage Crisis!" (2000), "Radio Check 2330" (2000), "A Random Bit of Nonsense About Yul Brynner and Other Short Plays" (2002), "Steamship Authority" (2003), "Learn From the Self-Made Man" (2003), and "I Go Solo" (2003, IRNE Award nomination for Best New Play, Small Company).
For ticket information, contact the BCA Box Office at 617-426-2787.
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