City Garage has announced the opening of its new home at Bergamot Station Arts Center with the world premiere of Charles L. Mee's Orestes 3.0: Inferno. The show opens Friday, September 21 and runs through November 25, 2012.
Mee creates a stunning new take on the Orestes myth for director Frédérique Michel and the company at City Garage. Euripides’s ancient Greek tragedy of crime piled on crime—parricide, matricide, incest—is redrawn in the hauntingly familiar terms of our contemporary world: political paralysis, purposeless wars, random acts of meaningless violence.
Orestes, having been driven mad by the Furies—here, three leather-clad sexual sirens—stands trial with his sister Electra, his lover, in front of the citizens of Argos for the murder of their mother, the betrayer Clytemnestra. Menelaus, their Uncle, and a political blow-hard with ambitions of his own, is too cowardly to intervene. Sentenced to death, Orestes and Electra turn kidnapping terrorists and try to kill Helen, who disappears by magic. Apollo, the god of disguise and subterfuge, is toying with them all: these humans are his amusements; their ambitions are absurd; their end is only emptiness and death. Greek tragedy meets edgy contemporary thought in this bold and original new work, both tragic and darkly comic, powerfully sexual and poetic.
The production is directed and choreographed by Frédérique Michel, with producer Charles Duncombe. It plays Fridays, Saturdays, 8:00pm; Sundays, 4:00pm at City Garage, building T1 at Bergamot Station is located at 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, Calif.
Admission is $25.00, Students/Seniors w/ID $20.00 and “Pay-What-You-Can” at the door only on Sundays. Box Office/Information: (310) 319-9939 or www.citygarage.org.
Fourth Weekend Q&A: Stay after the show for an informal discussion with the cast and creators Sunday, October 14, 2012 after the 4:00pm performance.
This project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Generous support also comes from the Wells Fargo Foundation.