Stone’s Epic “Agamemnon”

Nora Palmtag | Staff Writer

Laura Blackwell plays a convincing Clytaemnestra. by Nora Palmtag

Entering the theater that has always been a tidy, well-organized place, the stage is littered with all sorts of odds and ends.

A orange junker muscle 1965 Chevy Impala SuperSport, instruments (drums, guitar, etc.), carved hills, chairs, hand- drawn and carved banners with Grecian heads and writing, a 3-man band, and a throne. Then Dan Stone, the director, comes out with some of the actors, showing them how he wants them to hit the gong to announce the beginning and action in the play.

“The story will be set 60 years in the post-apocalyptic future, in a society that needs rebuilding, per Stone. Stone says in this “retelling of the Trojan War and the tragedies of war, reverting to old ways and religion, he is trying to produce Greek theater like it was in ancient times but with relevance to today’s audience.”

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The 33 actors are dressed in exceptional Grecian clothing from black armor on the men and women, beautiful sarong-type dresses and matching headdresses of different colors. The women of Troy are in a muted stylish brown and looking very fierce.

Laura Blackwell plays Clytaemnestra, wife of Agamemnon. Blackwell said she cannot wait to see the audience’s reaction to her fierceness in the second half of the play. Hoping the audience will hate her as the evil queen, Blackwell put on her mean face and worked it well.

Kassandra Morris, as Hecuba, wife of Priam, King of Troy, was amazing with her rendition of a grieving mother and wife, who has been cursed with the loss of her children and husband. Her revenge for these deaths is one of the highlights of the play.

Morris is seriously believable in her vengeance against Polymestor, the killer of her children. When there was a break in the performance, Morris was asking everyone if they cried during her stint on the stage. It was hard not to cry, listening to her anguish and seeing the tears on her face. Morris is determined to have the audience share her loss.

The men of the play are formidable and very Grecian in their performances, especially Lucia Rookwood, as Odysseus, King of Ithaca. He was believable as a power hungry cruel ruler. Rookwood explained that Dan asked for a creepy old man and Rookwood certainly succeeded in that.

Drums are used to dramatize the action, while original songs blend smoothly with the dialogue. Three dancers, Sophi Dykast, Caitlin Rose, and Kristin Miller, entrance the audience with their amazing sliding and tumbling abilities.

Dan Stone has done it again and this time is better than before, according to this writer, but come out and judge for yourself.
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See it at the Russell Tripp Theater in Takena Hall May 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. and May 13 at 2 p.m.

$9 Adults • $7 Seniors & Students with ID • $5 under 18 (with adult)
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