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Anne Carson Aeschylus Agamemnon

Friday, September 23, 7.30 pm
Saturday, Sept 24
, 2 & 7.30 pm
Sunday, September 25, 2 pm
Stockbridge Theatre

Yet there drips in sleep before my heart
a griefremembering pain.
Good sense comes the hard way.
And the grace of the gods
(I'm pretty sure)
is a grace that comes by violence.

Ten years ago, Agamemnon, King of Mycenae and leader of the Greek army sacrificed his own daughter to appease the gods and to help the war effort.  Now, victorious after the ten long and bloody years of the Trojan War, he returns home to his kingdom and to his wife, Clytemnestra.  His glorious homecoming is the spark that ignites a cycle of vengeance that threatens to consume and destroy his entire family.

Agamemnon is the first play of Aeschylus’ trilogy The Oresteia, which was first performed and won Aeschylus the first prize at the at the Fesitval of Dionysus in 458 BCE.  Anne Carson, Canadian poet, essayist, translator, was a 1998 Guggenheim Fellow and in 2000 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. Old men of Argos in Agamemnon

Agamemnon by Aeschylus
Translated by Anne Carson

Directed by Matt Cahoon
Lighting Design byTayva Young

Agamemnon... Wallace Pineault
Clytemnestra... Gail Angellis
Chorus Leader... Peter Josephson
Watchman... Joel D. Breen
Messenger ... Aaron Compagna
Cassandra... Carey Cahoon
Aigisthos... Rich Hurley
Chorus... Kate Harper, Don Tongue

Aaron Compagna as The Messenger in AgamemnonCarey Cahoon and Peter Josephson in Agamemnon

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