One of only seven surviving plays by the “Father of Tragedy,” Aeschylus’ The Persians is a cautionary tale pondering the perils of unbridled pride and overreaching power. A veteran of the war between the Athenians and the Persians, Aeschylus dramatized the conflict by writing from the viewpoint of his former enemy, the vanquished Persians. Evoking sorrow for the once-powerful Persia, Aeschylus depicts the collapse of an empire felled by greed and arrogance.

“Triumphant! Ethan McSweeny packs plenty of spectacle in both the show’s physical aspects and the forthright potency of Aeschylus’ descriptions of the carnage of war; they contain a harrowing beauty that grips the senses.”

Jayne Blanchard, The Washington Times

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The Persians

Apr 04 - May 21

Lansburgh Theatreby Aeschylus

a new version by Ellen McLaughlin

directed by Ethan McSweeny

This production is made possible in part through the generous support of Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation(USA).

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