Seven Against Thebes

With my talented dear friend Jenni Graham

"Though women offend you, heed us just this once"

Seven Against Thebes
by Aeschylus
translated by Aaron Poochigan
directed by Mark Greenfield
presented by the Faux-Real Theatre Company

featuring: Layna Fisher, Robin Fusco*, Jenni Graham*, Ebony Hatchett, Laura E. Johnston*, Joy Kelly*, Colleen McGloin, Erica Lauren McLaughlin, Alexandra Milne, Chrysten Peddie*, Evgenia Radilova*, Dominique Salerno, Adriana Spizuoco, Rooki Tiwari, Josephine Wheelwright
*appearing courtesy of AEA

The Faux-Real Theatre Company transcends boundaries traditionally placed between artists and the public by inviting audiences to engage and interact directly with performers in environments that challenge theatrical conventions.The name, Faux-Real, embodies an aesthetic in which the extraordinary and the quotidian meld into dynamic stage life. The company aims to deliver challenging texts, both classical and contemporary, in multi-dimensional productions that are engaging and accessible.

Written in 467 BC, Seven Against Thebes is the New York premiere of a fresh translation of Aeschylus’ classic by NEA recipient, Aaron Poochigian. This rarely performed play begins with the city of Thebes preparing for an invasion led by seven warriors as their leader Eteocles, tries to silence the protests of the city’s women. Faux-Real spins the Greek tradition of all-male theatre on its head by presenting this classic with an all-female cast of twelve. Clad in platform shoes, larger-than-life masks, and a chariot-full of colorful costumes, these actresses revel in song, dance and combat, as Aeschylus's words find new meaning in the mouths of these feisty females. The play ends with a post-mortem visit from Oedipus’ daughter Antigone, as Aeschylus chisels an early exploration into the modern themes of gender politics and the negative impact of war.

SummerStage Performances:

East River Ampitheater (FDR Drive @ Grand Street)
Wednesday, August 31st @ 8pm
Friday, September 2nd @ 8pm

Additional NYC Performances:

Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
Sunday September 11th @ 2pm

Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Sunday, September 18th @ 2pm

Crotona Park, Bronx
Saturday, September 24th @ 3pm

Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan
Sunday, September 25th @ 3pm

Roosevelt Island Ampitheater
Sunday, October 2nd @ 2pm