The Department of Classics
March 13, 2014
The Classics Society Presents: Festival of Dionysus
May 24, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Louis Armstrong Theatre
Adapted and directed by Kiara Pipino; assistant director Jason Flannery
Including translation from Aeschylus' Agamemnon by Diane Rayor; assistant translator Andrew Lund
Free and open to the public.
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 Menelaos win Helen back—but only after Agamemnon sacrifices his own daughter to secure the Greeks' success at Troy. This very sacrifice gives Clytemnestra reason to patiently wait at home for ten years: so that upon her husband's return, she exacts her revenge and settles 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 O'Neill.