In the first part of Aeschylus’ trilogy, King Agamemnon returns to Argos, shortly after the end of the Trojan War. Agamemnon triumphantly marches into the city and his palace, flaunting the Trojan princess and Apollo priestess Cassandra as his spoils of war. Clytemnestra welcomes her husband, all pomp and circumstance. However, it is quickly revealed that her enthusiasm conceals a well-orchestrated plan. She has decided to take revenge for the murder of their daughter, Iphigenia, sacrificed by Agamemnon to get the Greek ships afloat over ten years ago. The red carpet she rolls out for Agamemnon’s return foreshadows the impending bloodbath, when she and her accomplice/lover, Aegisthus, murder the king and his concubine.
In Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, the tragic characters are doomed to suffer and die, whereas the members of the Chorus are doomed to suffer and live, revisiting their misfortunes and seeking a way out. In a Polis doomed to self-destruction, citizens, here represented by the Chorus, must muster their strength and faith, and redefine their moral and civic values, thus ensuring their continued survival.
This tragedy addresses the crucial need to reawaken the citizens’ sense of duty. Conflict is built upon these grounds: even obedient citizens will inevitably find themselves at odds with the status quo.
With English surtitles
Translation: Yorgos Blanas
Direction: Cezaris Graužinis
Set and costume design: Kenny MacLellan
Music - Musical coaching: Haris Pegiazis
Choreography - Movement: Eddie Lame
Lighting design: Alekos Yiannaros
Assistant director: Sygklitiki Vlahaki
Cast: Maria Protopappa (Clytemnestra), Yannis Stankoglou (Agamemnon/Aegisthus), Argyris Pantazaras (Herald), Iovi Fragatou (Cassandra), Thodoris Katsafados (Watchman), and a 12-member chorus
Production manager: Anastasia Kavalari
Communication: Anzelika Kapsampeli
Artistic direction of Stefi Productions: Aliki Danezi Knutsen
Production: Athens & Epidaurus Festival - Stefi & Lynx Productions and Regional and Municipal Theatre of Veroia