Iphigenia in Tauris
The 41st Annual Classical Greek Theater Festival
In the fall of 2011, CGTF presents Euripides' Iphigenia in Tauris, the further adventures of the eldest daughter of Agamamnon. Set in an exotic land at the edges of the civilized world, we discover that Iphigenia was not sacrificed at Aulis, but transported far away to serve the goddess Artemis in a bloody and barbaric cult. Still stained with his mother's blood, her brother Orestes is also sent here by Apollo to find purification by bringing a cult statue of Artemis back to Greece. The story tells of a near-sacrifice of brother by sister, their moving reunion, and a thrilling escape plan almost foiled by the barbarian king. Though a tragedy by Greek standards, Euiripides' play in many respects looks like the Shakespearean romances with scenes of melodrama and even comedy.
Anne Stewart Mark will direct a new production of Iphigenia in Tauris, rarely seen in performance, with original music by Ricklen Nobis, choreography by William Richardson and design by Spencer Brown. The Salt Lake City performances feature the premiere production of a new translation by Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton. Iphigenia at Tauris will open with a performance at Westminster on September 16 at 5:00pm in the Richer Commons, and then will go on to tour to the Red Butte Garden Amphitheater, with performances on September 17-18 and 24-25 at 9:00 am, Brigham Young University on September 19th at 5:00 pm, and at Weber State University on September 29th at 7:30 pm.