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University of Utah production of "Agamemnon" at BYU Sept. 27

Brigham Young University welcomes the University of Utah's 34th Classical Greek Theatre Festival production of "Agamemnon," the first play in the Oresteia trilogy written by Aeschylus in 458 B.C and translated by Tony Harrison.

The performance is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 27, at 5 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

Tickets are available through the Fine Arts ticket office at (801) 378-4322 or at for $9 with $3 off with student ID.

"Agamemnon" is one of nearly 90 plays written by Aeschylus, but only seven of those 90 survived into modern times. The trilogy is the only one of its kind that survived ancient Greece.

The play begins with the victorious return of Agamemnon from the Trojan War. But the tragedy began before he left for war when he sacrificed his daughter for a strong wind to Troy, for which his wife, Clymnestra, never forgives him.

Clymnestra's resentment and bitterness over her sacrificed daughter builds up inside her until she lashes out in murder.

The annual Classical Greek Theatre Festival is designed to educate the community in ancient Greek theatre. It is the longest-running and largest festival of classical Greek ttheatre in the country. Participants in the festival were recently invited to Greece to perform last season's "Oedipus at Colonus."

The production team for the play includes composer and sound designer Joe Payne, choreographer Michael Eger, director Sarah Shippobotham and producers Richard Scharine and Jim Svendsen.

For more information contact the University of Utah's Department of Theatre at (801) 581-6448.

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