Καίτη Διαμαντάκου Αγάθου, Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια, Τμήμα Θεατρικών Σπουδών, Φιλοσοφική Σχολή ΕΚΠΑ
The paper studies five 21st century dramatic texts which constitute receptions of the Ancient Greek Myth of the Atreidae/ Atreidai: The Evacuation by Dimitris Dimitriadis (2013), Plan for Iphigenia (2014) and Plan for Electra (2009) by Georgios Veltsos, Neighing by Marios Pontikas (2015) and Clytemnestra’s Tears by Avra Sidiropoulou (2004). The diachronic timelessness of the texts and the subjects they raise, the need of contemporary writers to communicate with prior writers and the composition of contemporary audience are considered as study parameters of the texts.
The characters, the points of conflict, the divine element, the language of the texts, the structure, the directing instructions and the rhythm are studied in all five texts. The analysis of the texts drafts theatre and drama theories and terminology, other sciences and it takes place linearly as far as the plot of the plays is concerned. Evolutionarily, the texts are compared with one another but also with prior texts, connected or not with the Myth of the Atreidae/ Atreidai (intertextuality). The paper is completed with the personal view of the writer about the reproduction of the Myth and a synthesis of extracts from the texts, which reinforces the exposed arguments.
reception, Myth of the Atreidae, tragic heroes/characters, contemporary playwrights