"The Libation Bearers"

Free Classics on the Lawn!
Bring a picnic supper and a blanket or lawn chair, relax, and enjoy abridged classics performed outdoors by the Next Stage Ensemble. Presented on the lawn of the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, in the bucolic setting of the Drew University "forest". Admission and parking are FREE. Seating is first-come, first-served.


August 3, 6:00 PM - The Libation Bearers

Libation Bearers is the second play in a trilogy of tragedies by Aeschylus entitled the Oresteia. (Part 1 is called Agamemnon, and Part 3 is called Eumenides.) In the heyday of Athenian tragedy – and Aeschylus's work is definitely from the heyday – all three parts of a trilogy would be performed back-to-back on a single day. Sometimes, these would be followed by a fourth play, called a satyr play, which would provide a goofy contrast to the tragedies. Each series of plays would usually be linked by some overarching story and set of themes; the Oresteia, which talks about a cycle of revenge within three generations of a single family, is no exception. 

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Directions / Parking To the Main Stage: F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre 36 Madison Avenue Madison, NJ 07940 On the campus of Drew University

Upon entering the Drew University campus at Lancaster Road: The Tilghman Parking Lot is about 50 yards on the right. The Kirby Theatre is past the guard gate and into the next parking lot (toward the front of the parking lot and on the left).

1) I-287 to Exit 35: At the end of the exit ramp, follow signs for Rt. 124 East (Madison Ave.). Travel three miles and turn right at the Lancaster Road traffic light into the Drew University campus. Proceed as above.

2) From Northwest NJ via I-80 East: To Exit 43 (I-287 South, Morristown). Proceed as #1. 3) From Northern NJ and NYC (GW Bridge) via I-80 West: To Exit 43A (I-287 South, Morristown) Watch signs carefully as I-80 divides before exit—stay to the right in the local lanes. Proceed as #1.

By Train: NJ Transit’s Morristown Line (also known as the Dover Line and Midtown Direct), provides service to Madison, including service to and from Hoboken, Newark Broad Street and Penn Station. The Shakespeare Theatre is within a scenic and safe, leisurely 15 minute walk from the Madison Train Station. •When you depart from the train, use the short underpass to get to the other side of the train station. Turn so the station and tracks are on your right side. This will face you in the correct direction to walk up Kings Road. •Walk on the right side of the road just below the train tracks until you hit the Bicycle Shop on your left. Cross over to the left side of the road at that point and continue up the hill past the traffic circle. •You will now be on Madison Avenue (also Rt. 24). Kings Road segues into Madison Avenue. You will pass by two churches on your left. Just past the second church, you will see the first entrance to the Drew campus on your left. Pass by and continue up the hill to the main Drew entrance, which features a large stone arch. •Enter campus through the arch and follow the road, bearing to the right. Pass by the building with the dome on your right and past the next two buildings on your right, and head for the large parking lot ahead. •The Theatre borders that lot. Look for signs for the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre and take the path leading to the front of the building that faces the center of campus. After 8:00 p.m., the Main Gates close. To return to the train after 8:00, use the Lancaster Road gate, which also leads out of the parking lot and it will bring you to Madison Ave, just a bit further up from where you entered. Head down the hill back down to the train station. Trains departing from Madison to NYC are on the side you will hit as you come down the hill (the opposite side from which you disembarked upon your arrival).

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  • Denise

    Thank you for getting us together. The evening was glorious!

    1 · August 4

  • Anne

    Great job Karla and Mark! Wonderful event.

    1 · August 3

  • karla

    So glad to hear that, Mark. I truly enjoyed the performance this evening as well as the post-q & a session. Thanks to all who attended.

    1 · August 3

  • Mark L.

    Karla, you picked us another winner!!! I think the question now is whether we can really afford to miss any of the remaining productions!

    August 3

  • Anne

    Show now moved inside to black box. No food permitted. Have it eat it elsewhere.

    August 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for letting us know Mark

    August 3

  • Mark L.

    David and I might not get there until 5:15.... in our absence please look for a group of friendly-looking ladies!

    August 3

  • Denise

    Hi everyone, I am really excited about attending this. Hope the weather is good.

    1 · July 29

    • Denise

      Where should we look for you? Really happy about joining you

      August 2

    • Mark L.

      If not raining (in which case I guess we'd be in theater) , we'll be sitting on picnic blankets as a group group on the lawn in front of the theater. I will be wearing a blue baseball cap that says "Penn" on it. My phone is[masked] if you can't find us!

      August 2

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