The play Electra, on stage until December 17th, became the last performance by Carlos Avilez (who died on November 22nd at the age of 88).
The trilogy “Mourning becomes Electra”, which normally has the Portuguese title “Electra and the Ghosts”, but which in the TEC version will just be called Electra, by Eugene O’Neill is inspired by ancient Greek tragedies and Shakespearean drama. The title itself indicates that O’Neill’s work should be understood as a contemporary version of Aeschylus’ Oresteia.
The action of the trilogy takes place in the Mannon family mansion, located in New England, USA. Each main narrative element of Greek tragedy finds its counterpart in this work. Upon returning home, the war hero (Agamemnon/Ezra) is murdered by his unfaithful wife (Clytemnestra/Christine) with the help of her lover (Aegisthus/Adam). Subsequently, the children (Electra/Lavinia, Orestes/Orin) take revenge on their lover and their mother, coming to recognize their part in the family’s history of crimes and punishments, marked by lust and betrayal. In addition to these specific elements of the Oresteia, what O’Neill transfers to his trilogy is the powerful force of a family curse that crosses several generations, that of a tragic destiny caused not by supernatural actions but by psychological complexes of a civilizational tradition that represses and oppresses the full experience of human sexuality.
Directed by Carlos Avilez and with a prestigious cast, the show features Carla Maciel as the adulterous wife, Christine, and Miguel Loureiro as Ezra Mannon, the father of the family. At the center of the trilogy we will have Bárbara Branco in the role of Lavinia (or Electra), an intelligent and daring woman who becomes infected with destruction with each discovery she makes about herself. David Esteves will play the role of his brother Orin, one of O’Neill’s most problematic characters, not only as a psychoanalytic case study, but also because he embodies a young man who feels incapable of making sense of the world. In addition, there is the collaboration of several other actors such as João Craveiro, Rita Calçada Bastos, Diogo Mesquita or Tobias Monteiro. The dramaturgy and adaptation by Graça P. Corrêa allow the implementation of a very current staging, in a scenographic space by Fernando Alvarez lit by lighting designer Manuel Abrantes, which highlights the metaphor of the subconscious of the entire Mannon human family. Of particular note is the participation of musician Tiago Machado, in composing some themes for the piece.
by EUGENE O’NEILL
From the Electra and the Ghosts trilogy
177th production | 2023
Location: Estoril Arts Academy Auditorium
Dates: until December 17, 2023
version | dramaturgy GRAÇA P. CORRÊA
staging | CARLOS AVILEZ
scenography | costumes FERNANDO ALVAREZ
light design | MANUEL ABRANTES
surround sound design | HUGO NEVES REIS
original songs | TIAGO MACHADO
staging assistance | RODRIGO ALEIXO
production | RAUL RIBEIRO
assembly direction | RUI CASARES
interpretation BÁRBARA BRANCO, CARLA MACIEL, CAROLINA FARIA, DAVID ESTEVES, DIOGO MESQUITA, JOÃO CRAVEIRO, LUIZ RIZO, MIGUEL AMORIM, MIGUEL LOUREIRO, RAFAEL CARVALHO, RENATO PINO, RITA CALÇADA BASTOS, SÉRGIO SILVA, SUSANA LUZ, TERESA CÔRTE-REAL, TERESA JERÓNIMO, TOBIAS MONTEIRO, VERA MACEDO
Audience – €15
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