the production

The Oresteia ('Tale of Orestes')
is a new play inspired by an ancient masterpiece.

Matthew Travisano's world premiere trilogy, inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus,
depicts the fall of Troy and the decay of the Greece that conquered it, all with an eye toward the world today.

Across three plays (Agamemnon, Electra, The Furies) the School of Theatre at Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) tackles issues facing us all today, in Oakland and our larger American culture. As fear and mistrust take hold - fed by a dominant culture which merely pays lip service to democratic ideals - theatre as a tool of social justice is as necessary as ever.

The OSA School of Theatre is shifting its focus toward theatre of social purpose. 
The Oresteia kicks off this new initiative.

A full production of The Oresteia (in any form) has not been seen in the Bay Area in nearly two decades.
Be the first to see this world premiere take on a classic theatre trilogy.


Click HERE for tickets.
Tickets can be purchased for Agamemnon and Electra/The Furies individually.
You can also see all three plays in one sitting on April 29 or April 30 with lunch/dinner included.

Related Events

Symposium: Art to Activism to Change

As part of The Oresteia a free symposium has been organized to address art's role in pressing for social change in our current climate. Art to Activism to Change will feature a panel of community leaders, academics, and theatre artists who will come together for a discussion about what the role of the arts can be (and should be) in our current socio-political climate.

This event has been generously underwritten by local philanthropist Alma Gaoaen and the
National Endowment for the Humanities through their local partner Cal Humanities.

Click HERE for information about the symposium.
Tickets to the symposium are free, but you must RSVP.

Free Student Matinees

We are also offering free student matinees for local schools:
April 20 (Agamemnon) and April 21 (Electra).
[Due to the subject matter this production is most appropriate for grades 8-12]

Interested schools can click HERE and fill out the form for information or to reserve seats. We can also assist with transportation costs (BART/AC Transit/MUNI, etc).
This is made possible through symposium funding from Alma Gaoaen and Cal Humanities.



This event has been generously underwritten by Alma Gaoaen and also made possible  with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

Artistic collaboration

The Oresteia is produced in association with:  
OSA School of Fashion Design (Linda Ricciardi, Chair)
OSA School of Production Design (Jean-Francois Revon, Chair)
OSA School of Audio Production & Engineering (Chris McGovern, Chair)
OSA School of Digital Media (Heidi Cregge, Chair)

OSA School of Theatre is working this year
in partnership with the following organizations:

Ubuntu Theatre Project
Michael Moran, Executive & Co-Artistic Director

Crowded Fire Theatre
Mina Morita, Artistic Director

The Flight Deck
Anna Schneiderman, Executive Director



Assistant Directors / Maria Newman, Jack Isaacson-Brewster
Stage Management / Nora Dolin, Leon Jones
Dramaturgy / Dina Fukunaga-Brates, Achintya Pandey
Set Design / Sara Wizig, Evan Streshinsky
Costume Design / Georgia Gutbezahl, Zachary Fernandez, Tenzin Sia
Lighting Designer / Thomas Ruane
Sound Designer / Stewart Homans
Documentary Filmmaker / Luca Rohr