After 33 years as Artistic Director, Michael Kahn has directed nearly all the world’s greatest classical plays, worked with some of the biggest actors in the world and built the Shakespeare Theatre Company to its international reputation as the best classical theatre in America.
Now, for his final show, Michael Kahn is about to tackle the one play he’s been dreaming of since he was an undergraduate: The Oresteia. The only surviving Ancient Greek trilogy, it is notoriously difficult to stage for a contemporary audience. With a world-premiere adaptation by playwright Ellen McLaughlin, it promises to be a momentous show for everyone, from cast to crew to administrative staff, who will make this dream a reality.
DC Metro Theater Arts is delighted that Shakespeare Theatre Company is offering our readers an all-access pass behind the curtain to see the creation of this project, from first rehearsal to opening night.
PART ONE: For more than two years, Playwright Ellen McLaughlin and Michael Kahn have been collaborating on a new version of Aeschylus’ monumental trilogy—and now it’s just three days away from the vital first rehearsal of The Oresteia. As Michael and the Company prepare to welcome the cast and put the play on its feet, they confront the realization that the time has come to turn this dream production into a reality—and that this day marks the beginning of the end of Michael’s 33-year tenure as Artistic Director:
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The Oresteia, Michael Kahn’s final production as STC Artistic Director, plays from April 30 to June 2 at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall – 610 F Street, NW, in Washington, DC. For tickets, call or go online.