An innovative production which is not to be missed starts its journey on November 8-9-10, 2018 at the Mainstage of La Guardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in Queens NY.
Eclipses Group Theater New York (EGTNY), the respected theater company known for their high productions here in New York, presents Hercules: In Search of a Hero. This production which is based on Alcestis and Hercules by Euripides is directed & conceived by acclaimed director and actress Ioanna Katsarou (artistic director of EGTNY), in a new translation by talented actor and member of EGTNY Demetri Bonaros. Hercules: In search of a Hero’ original music which is to be performed live in the show, is composed by composer and guitarist Costas Baltazanis.
Hercules: In Search of a Hero is a new theater piece presented by a multi-ethnic cast, combining excerpts from Euripides’ plays Hercules and Alcestis with original material to explore the meaning of heroism in our time.
In Alcestis, Hercules goes to the underworld and restores Alcestis to her family. In Hercules, he comes back from the underworld, is thrown into a god-induced frenzy and kills his own family. On the other hand, Alcestis sacrifices herself to save her family. Using as a launching point these two diametrically opposite actions by Hercules—the prototypical Greek hero—and Alcestis’ differently heroic act, we explore what heroism is/is not/could be in a modern context.
Using poetic language and images, our play challenges the conventional, masculine notion of heroism and contemplates a feminine alternative. It asks what counts as heroism in our time? Is an act heroic if it involves violence? Where is the place of women in the modern, Western mythology of heroism? And do we need to create new mythologies?
Director/Concept/Dramaturgy work: Ioanna Katsarou
Translator: Demetri Bonaros
Composer: Costas Baltazanis
Lighting Designer: Christina Watanabe
Set Designer: Christos Alexandridis
Costume Designer: Marina Gkoumla
Assistant Costume Designer: Vivian Triviza
Stage Manager: Anastasia Thanasoula
Video: Alex Agisilaou
Fundraising/Marketing Coordinator: Katerina Alexaki
Fundraising/Social Media Coordinator/Marketing: Alexandra Skendrou
Advertisements/Fundraising: Pandora Spelios
Executive Producers: Ioanna Katsarou & Demetri Bonaros
Production: Eclipses Group Theater NY
Alcestis: Luisa Alarcón
Admetos/Death/Servant: Demetri Bonaros
Hercules: Luke Couzens
Woman/Megara: Helena Farhi
Goddess: Alexandra Skendrou
ETGNY members Demetris Bonaros, Ioanna Katsarou, Katerina Alexaki Alexandra Skendrou
November 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 pm
For tickets please call LPAC at 718-482-5151 or visit www.lpac.nyc
Mainstage of LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
31-10 Thomson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101
HERCULES IN SEARCH OF A HERO is under the Auspices and strong support of the Consulate General of Greece in New York.