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IAKOVOS KAMBANELLIS

Letter to Orestes

School of Drama, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Director, Teaching, Stage Version: Christina Chatzivasileiou

Wednesday 21 September 2022 at 19:30

Theatre Aliki, Pedion Areos Park

Excerpt

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Then the war came. Soon as they found a pretext to start it. How unnecessary, how unjust it was really, and this is not something I alone will express, but sheer fact, a fact revealed first and foremost by the bad end that befell everyone who craved this war… I hoped that he might return a changed man. That Troy would be a valuable lesson, for the survivors at least. What an illusion! Agamemnon returned feeling triumphant. He went to Troy, saw how things were, and left the place without much in the way of understanding, even after ten years. In the beginning, I kept asking myself, ‘perhaps everything’s an act?’, or it could be that he needed a bit of help to escape that deep cave, filled with all his mistakes and delusions… But when I found the courage to carefully put to him the questions, if it was all worth the sacrifices that were made, he became furious, barked  I was  forbidden to bring up this subject again, and that ‘it’s not a woman’s place to have an opinion on such matters’.

Summary

Clytemnestra writes a letter to Orestes, recounting the events that led her to murder Agamemnon. The purpose of the letter is not to ask for forgiveness, or to escape Orestes’ and Electra’s vengeful anger, but to tell her own story, to explain her own emotions and the situation she was facing. In the process, she reveals to us her times, and an unjust world created by men that collectively defined, then ruined her life, the men that violated her, and changed her destiny. She talks about their wars, the violence, about her crime, the blood. She asks for resolution.

Credits

Text: Iakovos Kambanellis

School of Drama, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Director, Teaching, Stage Version: Christina Chatzivasileiou

Performers: Elina Antoniou, Maria Margera Vyzareli, Raphaelia Gavala, Emmanuel Dramilarakis, Demetres Zgourelis, Eirini Herodotou, Chrysa Ioannidou, Fiona Katoikou, Odysseus Klimis, Zoe Batziou, Sophia Ninou, Marianthi Xyntarianou Tsiropina, Stelios Rammos, Michalis Stephanides, Dorina Tahirai

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