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National Theater of Greece presents “Electra” in New York October 6, 2007

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National Theater Of Greece > “Electra” > The National Theater of Greece returns to Manhattan for the sixth time in 12 years, this time with a production of Sophocles’ “Electra”, directed by Mr. Stein and starring Stefania Goulioti in the title role. The play, which runs just under two hours without an intermission, opens on Wednesday at City Center.

Each of the three major Greek tragedians, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, wrote at some point about the cycle of violence and revenge that began with the Greek general Agamemnon’s sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia in return for wind to help Greek ships sail to Troy and wage the Trojan War. Agamemnon’s wife, Clytemnestra, killed him in revenge, and several years later her son, Orestes, and daughter Electra conspired to avenge their father’s death. They killed both their mother and her lover, Aegisthus. Each writer handled the details of the story differently, and Sophocles’ version of the matricide is particularly noteworthy for its tender brother-sister reunion and the characterization of the oppressed and grieving Electra.

Mr. Stein, who was a founding member of the Schaubühne in Berlin in 1970 and its artistic director until 1985, has directed theater and opera around the globe, including influential and successful international productions, like his 21-hour staging of Goethe’s “Faust” in 2000. Last year he won an Olivier award for his production of “Blackbird,” by David Harrower, in London. 

“ELECTRA” Starts performances on Wednesday. Through October 14. The National Theater of Greece presents this ancient revenge drama. City Center, 131 West 55th Street, (212) 581-1212. www.nycitycenter.org; $35 to $80.

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