Aeschylus Glaucus of Potniae at Golden Gate Fields

At 1:15 p.m. on June 6th, 2015 we performed a site responsive theater piece with the fragments that remain from the lost Aeschylus tragedy, Glaucus of Potniae, at the Golden Gates Fields horse racing track.

Aeschylus Glaucus of Potniae, Golden Gate Fields
The Play…

Glaucus reared his horse on human flesh
so as to make her fiercer
she ultimately turns on Glaucus
as he violates the order of nature


Golden Gate Fields was originally Rancho San Antonio
owned by José Domingo Peralta
Peralta sold it in July 1852 to John Fleming
who used it as a departure point
for shipping his cattle across the bay to slaughter

later in the 19th century
it became the site of the Giant Powder Company
a manufacturer of black powder, dynamite and nitroglycerin…

between 1879 and 1892
the plant blew up four times

prior to World War II,
Golden Gate Fields built its grandstand
the inaugural race was on February 1, 1941
that same year
the track was used as the scene of the crime
central to the plot of the movie
Shadow of the Thin Man

at onset of World War II,
the United States Navy took over the property
renaming it “Albany Naval Landing Force Equipment Depot”
storing hundreds of landing craft
destined for use in the Pacific theater

after the war,
Golden Gate Fields resumed horse racing

Aeschylus Glaucus of Potniae

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