This year, Orphic has commissioned two different playwrights, Josie Seid and Jeffy Denight, to adapt the story of Herakles (or Hercules, if we're going by the Roman name that most of us are more familiar with). The tragedians, Euripides and Seneca, have both written a play about the horrible day when Herakles, or Hercules, was overcome with madness and slew his wife and children. The character of Herakles/Hercules is one that has been so frequently portrayed as a white, heterosexual, male, superhuman, demigod, hero. He's proven his versatility over the millennia, and has appeared as both a boorish brute and a clever trickster. But in terms of gender, and race, he's rather constrained. Josie and Jeffy are breaking "him" free of that, each in their own way. Josie's play, Path of Glory, will be presented before the festival, on January 25th, with Jeffy's play, Huck is Dead, coming your way two weeks later, on February 8th. Both readings are free, and both will be followed by a post-show discussion led by our dramaturgs.
Part of Fertile Ground: A City-wide Festival of New Works
1 hour 30 minutes