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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Those familiar with the myth will remember that Clytemnestra murdered her husband, Agamemnon, in retribution for his sacrifice of their daughter Iphigenia so as to obtain favorable winds during the initial Greek voyage to Troy. Clytemnestra plotted for ten years to avenge her daughter's sacrifice. Libation Bearers picks up the story seven years after the murder of Agamemnon, with the long awaited return of Orestes, his son, from slavery--slavery imposed upon him by his own mother.
You can tell acting is superb when all the audience turns to see what the actor is looking at in back of the theater when he speaks of seeing the "Furies" before him; but there is nothing there. It was an exceptional performance by the cast.
In the scene above, Orestes confronts his mother, Clytemnestra, for the first time after escaping from slavery.
Underlying themes include justice and the evolution of trial by jury for the ancient Greeks.