The Iphigenia Project (directed by SMU Theatre Professor Michael Connolly) combines two of Euripides’ plays, Iphigenia in Aulis and Iphigenia in Tauris, into a single production. In Aulis, Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter, Iphigenia, in order to create a united Greek kingdom over which he will rule. The action of Tauris takes place 17 years later when it’s discovered that Iphigenia did not die on the altar. In the northern reaches of the Black Sea, she has become a priestess of Artemis, dedicated to sacrificing shipwrecked Greek sailors to the goddess. In Aulis, Agamemnon chooses to commit a great sin.
The show’s costume designer, Amelia Bransky, brings along five photos to scope before the show. “The Iphigenia Project” is running through Sunday, October 22 in SMU Meadows’ Greer Garson Theatre.
In Tauris, Iphigenia’s choice leads to redemption and freedom from the never-ending cycle of murder and revenge that has trapped her family for generations. Both plays come from John Barton’s and Kenneth Cavander’s The Greeks, a 10-play cycle originally performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1978. See more from SMU Theatre
$14 for adults, $11 for seniors, $8 for students, faculty & staff.