Local actors to offer 2,500-year-old Greek tragedy reading

Posted March 12, 2012, at 4:54 p.m.

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — The Heartwood Theater Company and the Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta are teaming up again for another in their “Thursday Nights” series, which features monthly staged readings of high-quality plays.

Local actors will present the Greek tragedy “Agamemnon” beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the library’s atrium. The more than 2,500-year-old “Agamemnon,” which has been translated and adapted numerous times over the years, is the first in the trilogy of plays by Aeschylus known as “The Oresteia” which portray the effects of a curse on the House of Atreus. “Agamemnon” was acclaimed in 458 B.C. as a first-prize winner at the Festival of Dionysus.

“Agamemnon” depicts the return of the King of Argos from the Trojan War, to find his adulterous wife conspiring against him. As is typical in Greek tragedies, the plot encapsulates many years in the life of the family in a script that is fast-moving and engaging.

Staged readings at Skidompha Public Library, which is located at 81 Main St. in Damariscotta, have been increasing in popularity and usually include a lively audience discussion after the performance. The doors for this performance open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and seats are first-come, first-served. Suggested donations are $5 for students, $8 for adults. For more information visit the website www.heartwoodtheater.org or call 563-1373.

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