Written by Aeschylus, 458 BC
Performed in the Stokes Amphitheater at Boston College on July 30th, the Hyde Playground Bandshell on August 6th, and the Theatre Steps of Newton City Hall on August 7th, 2016
After encountering Agamemnon in Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles Parts I and II, NTC decided to take a closer look at the legendary general of the Trojan War. This play is the first of Aeschylus' Oresteia trilogy. NTC presented the second and third pieces of this story, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides, in the summer of 2017.
Agamemnon begins after the end of the Trojan War, with its titular character on his way home with the spoils of victory, including the Trojan princess and prophetess Cassandra. At home, Agamemnon's wife, Clytemnestra, plans to murder her husband to avenge the death of their daughter, Iphigenia, whom Agamemnon sacrificed to aid the war effort. This historic play is a bitter look at the cost of war, calling into question the very notion of justice as every side claims that the gods are on their side.
Special Thanks to:
Linda Plaut, Director, Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs
Jeannie Smith, Associate Director, Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs
South Stage at Newton South High School
Theatre Ink at Newton North High School
Newton Nomadic Theater