Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill

Mourning Becomes Electra

byEugene O'Neill

Kobo ebook | April 19, 2013

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Mourning becomes Electra is a play cycle written by American playwright Eugene O'Neill. The play premiered on Broadway at the Guild Theatre on 26 October 1931 where it ran for 150 performances before closing in March 1932. In May 1932, it was revived at the Alvin Theatre and in 1972 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

The story is a retelling of the Oresteia by Aeschylus. The characters parallel characters from the ancient Greek play. For example,Agamemnon from The Oresteia becomes General Ezra Mannon. Clytemnestra from The Oresteia becomes Christine, Orestes becomes Orin, Electra becomes Lavinia, Aegisthus becomes Adam Brant, etc. As a Greek tragedy made modern, the play features murder, adultery, incestuous love and revenge, and even a group of townspeople who function as a kind of Greek chorus. Though fate alone guides characters' actions in Greek tragedies, O'Neill's characters have motivations grounded in 1930s-era psychological theory as well.

In 1978, a five-hour television miniseries was produced for and shown on PBS, which starred Bruce Davison, Roberta Maxwell and Joan Hackett. (Wikipedia)

Title:Mourning Becomes ElectraFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 19, 2013Publisher:Download eBooksLanguage:English

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