Dallas Theater Center's Electra

Electra, left, played by Abbey Siegworth, leads the audience as they place candles in a selecting pond during the opening night performance of Electra on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Annette Strauss Square at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.

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Simple. Spare. Devastating. Dallas Theater Center artistic director Kevin Moriarty takes audiences outside for his new adaptation of Sophocles’ ancient tale of a woman who won’t let go of her fight for justice, despite the bloody cost. Audiences line up beside the Winspear Opera House to get the headphones they’ll need to hear the actors and the ominous, portentous sound design. The elegant, poetic translation makes a pointed and passionate statement, with questions that flap in the wind like the tattered cloths on the walls of the crypt in the first scene. When one sister urges another to be reasonable, you can hear echoes of everyone in every age who sat quietly and sanely, hoping someone else would fight the impossible fight.

Building on Dallas Theater Center's breathtaking approaches to Greek tragedies (Oedipus el Rey, Medea), expect the unexpected in this one-of-a-kind production of the Greek tragedy that will take the audience on a journey through the grounds of the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Annette Strauss Artist Square. Observe intimate scenes between characters while hearing commentary about the play’s meaning through individual headphones that will be provided for each audience member, creating an experience that is simultaneously both public and private.

Adapted and directed by Kevin Moriarty.
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