Paris has run off to Troy with Helen. The Achaen fleet is waiting in the straights of Aulis with its ships ready to sail after her, but they remain stranded, without so much as a breeze to fill their sails. After consulting the seer Kalchas, the Achaen leaders learn this is no fluke in the weather; it is punishment meted out by the goddess Artemis. Agamemnon, general of the army and King of Mycenae, has caused her some offense. For killing one of Artemis’ sacred deer, Agamemnon will have to kill something he loves; his eldest daughter, Iphigenia.
Written over 2000 years ago, Iphigenia in Aulis circles issues that we still face today. This modern translation is poetic, but accessible. Euripides’ plays tell stories of myth and legend, but the struggles, loss, heartache and victories of his characters are entirely identifiable, and very human.
How do we want to be remembered? How much is a single life worth? Who gets to decide, and how do we live with that choice? Iphigenia in Aulis explores all of these questions, without providing any easy answers.
This production includes mature subject matter, including harsh language, and discussion of violence, war and sexual assault.