Mimico Theatre Troupe Goes Greek
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Mimico Theatre Troupe Goes Greek

2007_07_17_agamemnon.jpgTheatre lovers and nature lovers rejoice: there is finally a way to enjoy a walk in the park and a re-interpretation of an ancient Greek tragedy at the same time.
Clytemnestra is a new take on Euripides’ classic story of Agamemnon, revisited by local playwright and director Arturo Frescolone and put on by Etobicoke-based troupe Theatre of Change. Frescolone has rewritten the play from the perspective of Agamemnon’s wife, the titular Clytemnestra. The play is being performed in Humber Bay Park East, and Frescolone says the show uses most of the park as its set.
“The main scene takes place around a structure that we have set up, but then moves around the park,” he said. “The audience is required to walk for 10 or 15 minutes.”
Clytemnestra takes place during the Trojan War and tells a story that is equal parts political drama and soap opera. Frescolone says the story still has resonance today. In Clytemnestra one country invades another under false pretences to take the invaded nation’s vast natural wealth. Later on the play, Agamemnon comes home from war with a lover in tow, only to find out his wife has taken a lover of her own.
Frescolone said that in addition to exposing audiences to a new interpretation of a classic play, he also wants Clytemnestra to help improve the profile of his south Etobicoke neighbourhood by taking theatre fans out of downtown and letting them see the joys of Mimico.
“For a long time, there was nothing going on here,” he said. “But that’s changing now.”
Clytemnestra runs Tuesdays through Sundays until July 29 at Humber Bay Park East, near the corner of Lakeshore Boulevard and Park Lawn Road. Admission is free. The show starts at 7 p.m. Image from Wikimedia Commons.