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Penthesilea - Queen Of The Amazons


Adapted by Giulio Perrone
From a play by Heinrich Von Kleist
Directed by Giulio Perrone

John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre
A collaboration between Actors Ensemble and Inferno Theatre.

Heinrich Von Kleists’s Penthesilea recounts the story of Penthesilea and Achilles. The play begins as Penthesilea leads the Amazons into the Trojan War, interrupting the Greek/Trojan conflict to take male captives from both sides.

Their plans go awry when Penthesilea's second-in-command and confidant Prothoe falls in love with a captive soldier, and to make matters worse, Penthesilea finds herself irredeemably attracted to their escaped captive Achilles. Their final confrontation is an intense exploration of the nature of attraction and the conflict between love and duty. Von Kleist’s work has long been renowned both for the play's beautiful language and the challenges of staging it. Taking advantage of the freedom of an outdoor setting, Mr. Perrone, Inferno, and Actors Ensemble are using action to compress the text, while at the same time adding a few flourishes to make the work appealing to a wide audience.

Giulio Perrone is well known in the theatrical community, working as a designer throughout the United States and his native Italy. His company, Inferno Theatre, is renowned for successfully presenting classic works in unique spaces, and for innovative use of dance, movement, and music. Recent productions include The Iliad, Dracula, and an adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

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