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Iphigenia and Other Daughters Opens April 10

Erin Beckwith ’06

Chained in the garden, Electra (Alison Coates ’05, in combat boots) protests the murder of her father, Agamemnon, by her mother, Clytemnestra (Jeanne Wienert ’04, in heels).

A feminist reimagining of the Greek legend of King Agamemnon, who sends his daughter Iphigenia to be sacrificed to the goddess Artemis, will be performed in the Rooke Theatre, April 10–12 and 15 at 8 pm and April 13 at 2 pm. Iphigenia and Other Daughters, a play by Ellen McLaughlin, focuses on the women who are left behind during the Trojan War and examines the conflict between familial duty and personal will.

Iphigenia and Other Daughters begins during Iphigenia’s final days, as she gradually becomes aware of her inevitable fate, then follows Iphigenia’s powerful mother, Clytemnestra, and sisters, the rebellious Electra and the good Chrysothemis, as they await the return of their brother, Orestes.

Although its characters are familiar, the play is “not a dusty presentation of ancient myth,” says director Alycia Smith-Howard, visiting assistant professor of theatre arts. “McLaughlin’s voice is ancient, modern, and futuristic. My actors and I are enticed and seduced by McLaughlin’s ethereal writing and retelling of this ancient, yet very relevant tale.”

The play is staged in a world that has overtones of ancient Greece, World War I England, and Asia, says Smith-Howard. “We have accommodated these seemingly disparate elements by weaving in contemporary elements, such as popular music by Enigma and Björk, designed by Laura Zingle ’03; a remarkable set by guest designer Sarah Conly; and an incredible, interactive art installation by Erin Beckwith ’06. The result is a production like no other that I have directed.”

Opening night performances are free to MHC students with ID. Tickets for other performances are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens.


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