Clyt; or, The Bathtub Play

*IN DEVELOPMENT*

FULL LENGTH: Clytemnestra never launched a thousand ships, but that doesn't mean she couldn't have.

Clytemnestra has always felt a bit overshadowed, whether by her sister, Helen, her husband, or her children. She often finds solace while alone in her bath, but when her sister's abduction leads to unspeakable events, Clytemnestra's life is...
*IN DEVELOPMENT*

FULL LENGTH: Clytemnestra never launched a thousand ships, but that doesn't mean she couldn't have.

Clytemnestra has always felt a bit overshadowed, whether by her sister, Helen, her husband, or her children. She often finds solace while alone in her bath, but when her sister's abduction leads to unspeakable events, Clytemnestra's life is forever altered. A modern, feminist exploration of Clytemnestra's tale, Clyt; or, The Bathtub Play is a darkly comedic, lyrical love letter to one of mythology's most misunderstood women.
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Clyt; or, The Bathtub Play

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  • David Hansen:
    26 Apr. 2021
    The playwright playful anachronrizes the tale, it is then, but also now, with phones and media and humorous, contemporary turns of phrase. But it’s comic relief, which serves to make the tragedy, the drama bearable, not to send it up. The protagonist endures such grief, the absence of her husband, the murder of one child, the dismissive behavior of her other children. It's gorgeous and funny and upsetting and wonderful. Highly recommended!
  • Ky Weeks:
    25 Apr. 2021
    A mythic and tragic story that adds new and refreshing elements to the original tale. Reverses the Greek Chorus in interesting and impactful ways. In every sense, Clytemnestra is telling her own story, and it's every bit as mourning and vengeful as one could hope for. The meaningful use of the element of water is fitting, as this is a play that feels as though it's sinking into darker depths, drawing us in as well.
  • Samantha Marchant:
    13 Apr. 2021
    A truly fabulous script! It is clear Speckman knows her Clytemnestra inside and out. This is a character that has my full attention. Every element in the script is woven with such care. Love the bathtub and all the visuals. A fresh take on an old tale, highly recommend!

Character Information

  • Clytemnestra
    40s,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
  • Agamemnon
    40s-50s,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Male
  • Helen
    40s,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
  • Iphigenia
    17,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
  • Electra
    Teens,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
  • Menelaus
    40s-50s,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Male
  • Achilles
    Teens-20s,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
  • Aegisthus
    30s-50s,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Male
  • Cassandra
    Teens-20s,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
  • Orestes
    Child-Adult,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    Orestes MAY be portrayed by a CHORUS MEMBER and may appear as a puppet as a baby/toddler. ELECTRA may also "operate" ORESTES.

    Artistic teams can determine whether to have an adult Orestes appear, or whether to maintain the character through other media or puppetry.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Skeleton Rep(resents), New York, New York
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    The Bechdel Group, New York, New York
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
    ,
    29th Street Playwrights Collective WriteNow Workshop, New York, New York
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
    ,
    The Phoenix Theatre, ARC Playwriting Workshop, Indianapolis, Indiana
    ,
    2018