Shortly thereafter, Aegisthus
and Clytaemnestra murder Agamemnon in his
Personal history does not seem to matter; prior relationships do not predict present loyalties: Leander was Orestes' apparent adolescent lover after they escaped from Aegisthus
, but when Leander takes power, he shows no special loyalty to Orestes.
's fear of Orestes and Electra in a comparative approach
Orestes over the Dead Bodies of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus
captures the moment following violent and ostensibly heroic action in Aeschylus' The Libation Bearers (also known as the Choephoroi), the second of a trilogy of plays about Orestes.
Men play their own roles, as the wise and wily tutor, the faithful and resolute Orestes, the arrogant and treacherous Aegisthus
, and the silent but dutiful Pylades.
(8) In this way, distorted ritual and arrested transition become a dramatic lens through which spectators may evaluate the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus
. In the play's initial episodes, each Atreid sibling occupies a ritually significant stasis between adolescence and adulthood: Orestes remains a transitional figure who wanders the sockrspatial margins of Argos, and Electra's unusual enactment of the marriage arranged by her stepfather places her in an indeterminate position between kore (unmarried, adolescent female) and damar (female participant in a consummated marriage).
Elektra has long been reggarded a work steeped in lurid, eroticized violence, and this production certainly tries to move this to the fore: the palace of Agamemnon becomes a shrine to decadence, with languid and lascivious cross-dressing servants, a whip-wielding matron, Brazilian carnival dancers and a wild, nude bacchanalia, through which the usurper Aegisthus
struts, carrying a pistol and wearing a dressing gown and gaudy jewelry, like a bloated Hugh Hefner-turned mafia don.
"Political theatre is not normally what I'm interested in," Serban says, "but the effect of that symbolism just six months after Ceawscu's downfall was stunning." For Electra, he used Ceausescu's private box at the National Theatre as Clytemnestra and Aegisthus
He will explain to us why in a Greek tragedy neither sex nor violence could be acted out on the stage, though messengers could relate the suicide of Jocasta and choruses could sing of the banquet of Thyestes or allude obliquely to Aegisthus
as a wolf prowling in the lion's bed.
Moreover, it is Paris's lust for Helen, and Clytemnestra's lust for Aegisthus
and her jealously consequent of Agamemnon's lust that causes the destruction described in these lines.
Some of these works like Pacuvius' Doulorestes, Livius Andronicus' Aegisthus
and Lucius Accius' famous Clytemnestra (7) are preserved only in fragments, but we do have Seneca's Agamemnon which presents a very different Clytaemestra to that of Aeschylus' tragedy of the same name.
Blakeley White-McGuire, as Cassandra, balanced passion and desperation, and Maurizio Nardi portrayed Aegisthus
with his typical dashing effervescence.