Electra: A New Version by Nick Payne

Electra: A New Version by Nick Payne

by Sophocles
     
 

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This new adaptation of a classic play blends live music, text and movement. When a young Electra’s father is murdered by her mother, her world changes irrevocably. Ten years on, bound by grief and unwilling to forgive, Electra surrenders to an all consuming desire for revenge that propels her toward a bloody and terrifying conclusion.

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This new adaptation of a classic play blends live music, text and movement. When a young Electra’s father is murdered by her mother, her world changes irrevocably. Ten years on, bound by grief and unwilling to forgive, Electra surrenders to an all consuming desire for revenge that propels her toward a bloody and terrifying conclusion.

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“Nick Payne’s urgent new version of Sophocles Electra is another in a long line of boundary breaking offerings…. Payne [is] one of our brightest new playwrights… Electra-fying"—The Evening Standard

“Poised and punchy”—The Arts Desk

“Payne’s translation has a flinty seriousness… A punchy account of a classic play.”—The Stage

“dark, bloody, anguished… Payne’s version, linguistically, is spare and simplified, with a graceful eloquence; quite stylised on the page, but completely natural in the mouths of the actors…” 4 stars—Exuent Magazine

“Nick Payne's new version [has] the feel of a contemporary gangster movie… a tough modern version of the tragedy that has poetic moments and maintains pace throughout”—British Theatre Guide

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Every era needs the classics on its own terms, so Sophocles' Electra, translated by Anne Carson (The Beauty of the Husband; Forecasts, Dec. 18, 2000), should prove very popular among newcomers and seasoned readers of the sublime dramatist's brutal drama, as well as among Carson's many fans. While Carson renders the book in her signature free verse, her major innovation is the phonetic preservation of Electra's "far from formulaic" screams: "OIMOI," "O TALAINA" and "PHEU PHEU" among them. As Carson writes in her excellent translator's preface, they are not stock ejaculations like "Alas!" or "Woe is me!," but "bones of sound" emitted by the daughter who finds herself cheering her mother's execution. Though Oxford's stock existentialist cover looks like something from the height of '50s abstract angst and the book's paper is pulpy, expect strong sales. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849430616
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.20(d)

Meet the Author

The Plays for Performance series is edited by Nicholas Rudall, former artistic director of the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago where he is professor of classics, and Bernard Sahlins, founder and director of the Second City. They both live in Chicago, Illinois.

The Plays for Performance series is edited by Nicholas Rudall, former artistic director of the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago where he is professor of classics, and Bernard Sahlins, founder and director of the Second City. They both live in Chicago, Illinois.

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