Exia by Meg Braem
Chrysothemis and Electra have returned home to discover their father, King Agamemnon, murdered by their anorexic and withdrawn mother. Electra craves revenge while Chrysothemis is starving for peace. Using Greek culinary tradition and the events of Aeschylus’ tragic trilogy, “The Oresteia” as a jumping off point, Exia explores the many appetites that drive us. Set in the midst of the murders of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra, Exia is the imagined story of Chrysothemis, the lost daughter in the house of Atreus. She is the only child of the myths who does not have a play accounting her voice…until now. Exia, taken from the Greek word “Orexis” meaning appetite, explores our hunger for love, power, sex and shelter. Through the play we discover how cooking not only satiates one’s appetite but offers its own form of transformation. Not only can something repellent become enticing but something inedible can become nourishing. Through the power and fragrance of her gastronomical talents, Chrysothemis attempts to bring her volatile family back together. As she learns the magic of the common kitchen, her senses are awakened. She finds that she is as transformed as her ingredients. Cooking proves to be a kind of alchemy but is it powerful enough to transform the most dysfunctional family in history?
Keywords: Greece, Tragedy, Food, Women, History, Electra, Oresteia
Running TIme: 95 minutes
Male Cast: 2
Female Cast: 6