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Dedicated to reinventing classical theatre, Aquila Theatre has been called a “classically trained, modernly hip troupe” by the New York Times. They will perform Herakles, one of Euripides’s finest and most challenging plays. Herakles is in the underworld performing one of his famous labors, bringing back the three-headed dog Cerberus. In his absence Lycus, the illegitimate and tyrannical king of Thebes, has determined to kill Herakles’s father, wife and three sons. Herakles returns just in time to prevent their deaths, and to kill Lycus instead. However, Lyssa (madness personified) appears and causes Herakles to murder his wife and children.
The Athenian tragedy raises critical questions about the world: What is legitimate violence? How can we be human in a world that can seem inhuman? Can we accept catastrophes that happen to us for no justifiable reason? How do we make a place in our lives for these disasters? The play also shows the need for compassion and community in the face of vulnerability and misfortune. Following the performance, USC classics professor William Thalmann will engage the audience in conversation with Aquila artistic director Peter Meineck.