MCLA to Present 'Agamemnon' Production


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Fine and Performing Arts Department will present "Agamemnon," which will open Wednesday, April 17, at 8 p.m. in the Venable Theatre on the College campus.

The production, which will run through April 27, is a presentation of Theatre Lab, an emerging theatre company in-residence at MCLA. The group will explore the ancient tragedy as filtered through director Steven Berkoff's unique vision of Agamemnon: the show will be presented in the form of a rock concert.

Using physicality and spectacle, Theatre Lab's Agamemnon is a raw, in-your-face depiction of the return of the infamous king of Argos, according to MCLA student Amanda Monick.

"Agamemnon conjures the distortion and disturbia of those who thought war and sacrifice were a solution to their own fears and curses," Monick said. "The stage extends out over the seating and puts the band in a pit - smack dab in the middle. Think big lights, out-of-the-ordinary outfits and makeup, and Rock and Roll! It's an endless stew of twisted imagery and language."

Agamemnon will show in Venable Theatre from April 17 to April 20 at 8 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. on April 20. Additional presentations will take place April 20 and April 24-27 at 8 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. on April 27.

The event is free for MCLA students, $5 for faculty and staff, and $10 for general admission. For reservations call 413-662-5123.