Herakles via Phaedra (2006)


Mythic Greek hero Herakles and seductress Phaedra meet in The Roaring 20's in Ellen Stewart's new adaptation of Herakles Via Phaedra at La MaMa ETC (66 E. 4th St.), where it will run from May 18th through June 11th, with an opening set for May 21st.

The play is described by Stewart, who adapted the piece and will direct, as a "dance-theatre epic." The show "combines the myths of Herakles (also known as Hercules) and Phaedra, placing them amongst the flappers, bootleggers and jazz babies of the 1920's. (This marks Stewart's second time visiting the Herakles legend - a very different production, set in the 80s, debuted at La MaMa in 1987)," state press notes.

Herakles Via Phaedra features a cast of 25 in fashions of the period, elaborate masks and specialty costumes depicting such creatures as Cerebus, the three-headed dog; the Minotaur (half-bull, half-man); and Nessos, the Centaur (half-man, half-horse).

May 18 – June 11, 2006