1999 Tony Nominee: Electra (Revival, Play)

Tony Awards   1999 Tony Nominee: Electra (Revival, Play)
 
Electra has been nominated for a Tony as best revival of a play. Sophocles (496-406 B.C.) wrote Electra in 406 B.C.; it's one of only seven of his plays which are extant. In the Greek tragedy, Electra violently mourns her father, Agamemnon, who was murdered by his wife and Electra's mother, Clytemnestra, in retribution for the king's sacrifice of his daughter, Iphigenia. Electra's only hope lies in the return of her brother, Oerestes, who might avenge their father's death.
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Electra has been nominated for a Tony as best revival of a play. Sophocles (496-406 B.C.) wrote Electra in 406 B.C.; it's one of only seven of his plays which are extant. In the Greek tragedy, Electra violently mourns her father, Agamemnon, who was murdered by his wife and Electra's mother, Clytemnestra, in retribution for the king's sacrifice of his daughter, Iphigenia. Electra's only hope lies in the return of her brother, Oerestes, who might avenge their father's death.

The production was first mounted in London at the Donmar Warehouse, with Zoe Wanamaker in the title role and David Leveaux directing. From there the production and Wanamaker traveled to the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. A rave review from the New York Times brought the show to New York, where it became the unlikeliest Broadway hit of the season. The cast includes Claire Bloom, Pat Carroll, Stephen Spinella and Marin Hinkle.

No play written by the ancient Greeks has ever won the best revival Tony. The odds are against Electra as well, since its its competition includes The Iceman Cometh and Death of a Salesman.

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