Image courtesy of the Eclipses Group Theater of New York.

Eclipses Group Theater New York is presenting premiere performances of “Hercules: In Search of a Hero” conceived and directed by Ioanna Katsarou, translated by Demetri Bonaros, with original compositions by Costas Baltazanis. “Hercules: In Search of a Hero” will be performed at the Abrons Arts Center as part of the @Abrons Series program, from January 24 to February 10, 2019 in a limited engagement. “Hercules: In Search of a Hero” is a new theater piece combining excerpts from Euripides’ plays Hercules and Alcestis, along with original material, to explore the meaning of heroism in our time. Hercules is a man of violence and death: he is heroic by killing. Alcestis stands out for an act of self-sacrifice: she is heroic by dying. Using poetic language and images, the play challenges the conventional, masculine notion of heroism and contemplates a feminine alternative.