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EAC Drama to present Agamemnon

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EAC Drama to present Agamemnon

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s drama department will present the Greek tragedy, Agamemnon, October 11-14, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Fine Arts Auditorium.

Directed by William H. Nidiffer, Agamemnon is first in the Oresteia trilogy, written by 5th century BC playwright, Aeschylus, who felt called by the god Dionysus to write tragedies.

The story of the trilogy has striking similarities to that of Hamlet, as it presents the murder of a king (Agamemnon) by the queen’s paramour, and the subsequent vengeance taken by the son of the murdered man. Of all of the known tragedies of Aeschylus, Agamemnon is probably the most effective when acted before a modern audience. Simple as the plot is, it abounds in moments of tense suspense; and the thick horror of the unseen murder of the king can be paralleled only by the similar moment in Macbeth. The story of King Agamemnon’s downfall chronicles the House of Atreus and has become a common allusion for family feuding at its most extreme.

Tickets to Agamemnon are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Full-time EAC students with ID are admitted free. For ticket information, contact the EAC Ticket Office at 428-8228.