La Mama to Present Greek Production of Clytemnestra's Tears

News   La Mama to Present Greek Production of Clytemnestra's Tears La Mama will host Avra Sidiropoulou's Clytemnestra's Tears — produced by the Persona Theatre Company from Greece — for a three-week limited engagement May 17-June 3.

Clytemnestra's Tears is directed by Sidiropoulou and performed by Themis Bazaka. The production will be presented in Greek, with English supertitles.

The work was first presented in 2001 as a staged reading at the Donnell Library Auditorium in New York's Public Library, starring Kristin Linklater. The first full production was staged at the Dipylon Theater in Athens, starring the Greek actress Themis Bazaka. A tri-lingual version was presented in Istanbul, funded by the European Union.

According to press notes, Clytemnestra's Tears "is based on the primal myth of the House of Atreus and the archetypical female character of Clytemnestra. In a dangerous landscape in which she quivers with desire and remembrance, Clytemnestra relives the tragic moments of her life: her daughter Iphigenia's sacrifice, the separation from her children and the murder of Agamemnon, her husband. In an attempt to atone for her crimes in the eyes of her children, her people, the gods and ultimately the spectators, she must confront the relentless chase of the Furies."

The play features set design by Eva Manidaki, lighting design by Maria Cristina Fuste, costume design by Ioanna Tsami, original music score by Vanias Apergis and choreography by Margarita Mandaka. The production is backed by the Hellenic Culture Organization and sponsored by the Onassis Foundation.

Founded in 2003, Persona Theatre Company "aims to remain faithful to the spirit of classical texts and approach them in such a way as to illuminate some of their still unrevealed sides, bringing them closer to today's audiences," according to press notes. The production will play La Mama E.T.C.'s First Floor Theater at 74A East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lamama.org or by calling the box office at (212) 475-7710.