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DANCE • MUSIC THEATRE
at Smith College

Northampton, MA

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2014
CONTACT:
Sam Rush, Production and Publicity Manager
(413) 585-3249; srush@smith.edu
Nikki Beck, Production and Publicity Assistant
(413) 585-3222; ncbeck@smith.edu

IPHIGENIA AND OTHER DAUGHTERS
In Trauma, in Dreams, and in Destiny: An Unexpected Love Story

Left to right: Sabrina Brier, Marjorie Lee Amon, and Elizabeth Henle. Photo credit: Carolyn Brown.

Northampton, MA—Iphigenia and Other Daughters, a brilliant new adaptation of a well-familiar tale, runs April 18, 19, and 24-26 at Smith College. Playwright Ellen McLaughlin revisits the fall of the House of Atreus, telling the classic stories originally told by Euripides and Sophocles through a contemporary feminist lens. At its heart a love story about the bonds that make a family, Iphigenia is a powerful play full of lust and fury, but it's not all philosophy and rhetoric. At times startlingly funny, Iphigenia shows "Tragedy's mask sticking Comedy's tongue out at you." (The Theatre Mirror)


The four children of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra—Iphigenia, Chrysothemis, Electra and their lost brother Orestes—struggle to bear the burden of their family's unrelenting quest for justice. On a day unlike any other, these daughters and son are faced with choices that could change the course of the world as they know it.


Director Emma Kelley says, "Iphigenia and Other Daughters is naked, visceral, and true in its raw portrayal of young women trying to enter into and understand adulthood. For me, the play addresses the simple and yet enduring need to know where we have come from in order to fully occupy life. By lifting us into the world of three sisters grappling with tremendously real fear, desire, and grief, Ellen McLaughlin moves us to ask what it means to be a daughter at all. In trauma, in dreams, and in destiny, four siblings find their way back to each other, and to themselves. Iphigenia is a love story, telling the unspeakable bonds between fathers and daughters, between mothers and sons."

This electrifying performance provides a contemporary perspective on a timeless story. As Iphigenia puts it: "this is what it is at last."

 

IPHIGENIA AND OTHER DAUGHTERS by Ellen McLaughlin

 

Friday, April 18 (Dollar Night), Saturday, April 19

Thursday, April 24, Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26

 

All performances are at 8:00 PM in Theatre 14 at Smith College.
Tickets are $8 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors, $3 Smith Students with ID.
All tickets are $1 on April 18.


Tickets available online at www.smith.edu/smitharts or by calling 413-585-ARTS (2787).

 

 

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