Cursed House Of Atreus Falls In Agamemnon

Tickets have gone on sale for this September’s upcoming production of Agamemnon in the Getty Villa’s outdoor Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater. For this open-air staging, acclaimed director Stephen Wadsworth resurrects Aeschylus’ unsettling domestic drama of The House of Atreus, as told in a riveting translation by the late Robert Fagles.

Agamemnon, the first play of the Oresteia trilogy, tells the story of King Agamemnon of Mycenae, who returns home to Argos after spending ten long years away in the bloody Trojan War, only to face the wrath of his adulterous queen, Clytemnestra. As the drama unfolds, a returning soldier bears witness to unthinkable carnage, a city questions the wisdom of a decade-long war, and a family turns the violence of war in on itself.

Director Stephen Wadsworth has brought his witty, passionate, visually evocative reimaginings of plays and operas by Moliere, Wagner, Handel, Mozart, Shaw, Wilde, Coward, and other greats to astonished audiences throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Renowned translator Robert Fagles, who passed away earlier this year, tackled the works of Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Homer during his lifetime. His translations were not only critically acclaimed, but became bestsellers that captured the public’s imagination.

Agamemnon will be presented on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 4–27, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $38 ($32 students/seniors). -- www.getty.edu

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