Above: Promotional image of Chronos Theatre Group's Agamemnon By Aeschylus performing on September 29, 2013. Courtesy image of Chronos Theatre Group.
Human sacrifice, cannibalism, incest…these are among the family secrets of the House of Atreus. The great King Agamemnon, hero of the Trojan War, meets a bloody homecoming at the hands of his vengeful wife Clytemnestra, becoming the victim of an ancient family curse – and his own arrogant pride and crimes of war.
Chronos Theatre Group, in conjunction with the Encinitas Theatre Consortium, presents a reading of the Greek tragedy Agamemnon by Aeschylus, translated by Robert Fagles, on Sunday, September 29th at 2:00 p.m. in the Encinitas Library. The suggested donation is $10.00.
There will be a reception with libations for a small additional donation before and after the performance, as well as a talkback with the actors afterwards.
The reading will be directed by Chronos Artistic Director, Celeste Innocenti, and will reunite several of the original members of the award-winning Grass Roots Greeks ensemble, including the series co-producers, Linda Castro and David Cohen, who will offer dramaturgy. The Grass Roots Greeks performed all the extant Greek tragedies as readings and full productions as a response to the tragedy of 9-11. Now, ten years later, we are still caught in the throes of war, and the message of the tragedies is as timely as ever -- as well as the healing influence of catharsis, the collective expression of emotion. Come join us on an odyssey of discovery as we explore this ancient classic!
CAST (in order of appearance):
Watchman: David S. Cohen
Chorus Leader: George Weinberg-Harter
Chorus of Old Men of Argos: Trina Kaplan, Sally Stockton, Sylvia Enrique, David S. Cohen, Walter Ritter, Anthony Gordon Hamm
Clytemnestra: Linda Castro
Herald/Narrator: Anthony Hamm
Agamemnon: John Padilla
Cassandra: Celeste Innocenti
Aegisthus: Walter Ritter