The second play of the Department of Drama's 2015-16 season, Agamemnon was produced in 485 B.C. in Athens and is one of Aeschylus’s greatest tragedies from the Oresteiatrilogy. Aeschylus was the first Greek dramatist to introduce the use of more than one actor in a play, as Greek plays originally consisted of a single actor to portray all of the characters. With more than one actor, Aeschylus was able to cut down lengthy choral parts emphasized in earlier works, and include more dialogue. He would also use masks, headdresses, high boots, and vibrantly tailored garments for the actors.
Agamemnon performs November 6-15 in the Storch Theater at the Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex, 820 East Genesee Street. Tickets range $17-$19 and can be purchased at vpa.syr.edu/drama, by phone at 315-443-3275, and in person at the Box Office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.