After the Show
The Back Story
The story of Electra begins many years after her family has been fractured by the murder of her father, King Agamemnon. The King was also a Greek general. During the Trojan War, he needed good winds to sail his ships to battle. He prayed to the Gods and was told that, in order to get good winds, he had to sacrifice his eldest daughter, Iphigenia. He killed her in response to this order and this greatly upset his wife, Queen Clytemnestra. When he returned from battle ten years later, the Queen had taken a lover, Aegisthus, and together they murdered him.
Agamemnon came from generations of kings, all of whom made uneasy alliances with the gods. In fact, long before Agamemnon, King Tantalus taunted the gods at a banquet, at which he served the flesh of his own son. That action triggered a curse from the gods that descended upon the family for all of time.