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Grand Valley State University

Free performance of 'Clytemnestra'

Free performance of 'Clytemnestra'

Friday, May 24, 2013
7:30 PM

Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus

Humanities, Theatre

Writers and playwrights of all times have told Clytemnestra's story and each one of them revealed something new, unexpected and compelling about her.

Clytemnestra is Agamemnon's wife and the queen of Argos and Mycenae. When her sister Helen is brought to Troy, the infamous Trojan War begins. Agamemnon sails for Troy to help his brother Menelao win Helen back -- but only after securing a successful outcome. To propitiate the Greeks endeavors in the Trojan War, Agamemnon sacrifices their eldest daughter.

This very sacrifice gives Clytemnestra reason to patiently wait at home for ten years: so that upon her husband's return, she can exact her revenge and settle her heart. She is strong and passionate. She has the will of a man and the charm and seductiveness of a woman. She is a force of nature.

Greek Theatre has given us powerful stories, heroes and more, and this piece aims at portraying the multiple facets of a woman: wife, lover, queen, mother and murderer through the powerful lines of Aeschylus, Marguerite Yourcenar, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Eugene ONeill.

This performance is directed by Kiara Pipino, visiting professor of theater in the School of Communications. It is adapted from the original translation from Aeschylus' Agamemnon by Diane Rayor, professor of Classics. Assistant translator is Andrew Lund. Missy Maramarais performs as Clytemnestra; Jason Flannery is the Off-Stage Voice and assistant director.