Premiere US Premiere
Production Language French
Country of Origin France
Description Four-play, ten-hour cycle of Greek tragedy.
Venue: The Park Slope Armory in Brooklyn.
Through four separate plays, Les Atrides represents more than two and a half decades of family conflict in the house of Atreus. The prelude is Euripdes' Iphigenia in Aulis (415 BC). The leader of the Greek army, Agamemnon, has gathered his forces to set sail for the city of Troy, where Paris has taken Menelaus' wife (Agamemnon's sister-in-law) Helen.
It is Aeschylus' Orestia trilogy (458 BC) that makes up the remaining three plays of Les Atrides -- a continuation of the bloody story in which members of the house of Atreus are continually involved with murder.