The Shadow and Substance Theatre Company is getting set to present their contribution to this year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival, Agamemnon. In this darkly comic adaptation of Aeschylus’ 458 BC award-winning tragedy, Agamemnon comes home after ten long years at the Trojan Wars to a wife who is plotting to kill him and a ghost who is bent on revenge.
“Our show is a cross between Alice in Wonderland mixed in with the Agamemnon plot,” said Eric Netterlund, writer and director of the show. “As I worked through the piece, I found that each character from the tragedy had a similar personality to a character in the Lewis Carrol classic. It’s got everything your average ancient Greek theatre goer could want: murder, revenge, ghosts, and a psychotic wife. We just decided to make it funny.”
“I knew we had something unique when Eric showed me the first four pages – and things only got better as he wrote more,” said David Phillip Norris, producer and founding artistic director Shadow and Substance Theatre. “We had a blast working on it. It’s a bizarre and really fun show and he’s done a marvellous job handling the script. The Fringe is the perfect venue for the show and I’m delighted that it’s debuting with Shadow & Substance.”
The Fringe Festival premier, being performed in the University of Minnesota Rarig Xperimental Theatre July 30 through August 9, will mark the company’s first major production as an ensemble. For more information visit: