By Alexis Stevenson
ARE YOU INTERESTED in going to the theater but aren’t sure if you would like the play? Do you like Greek tragedies but find them a little bit hard to understand? Are you searching for something to do during the first and second weekends of November? Well, search no more! Come and see the play IPHIGENIA AND OTHER DAUGHTERS at Notre Dame!
IPHIGENIA AND OTHER DAUGHTERS is a contemporary retelling of the book The Fall of the House of Atreus and was adapted by Ellen McLaughlin in 2011. At Notre Dame, the play is directed by Lola B. Pierson and proves to be even more contemporary than the 2011 adaptation. The intriguing backstory will entice all who come to see it.
The play follows a story about the love between a brother and a sister, loyalty and sacrifice, and feminism. Kelsey Hundt, a senior philosophy major and the stage manager of the production, says: “We are looking at what it’s like to be in a man’s world from a woman’s eyes.”
With a wide variety of relatable topics, anyone who enjoys going to the theater will find the play interesting, even if they don’t know the backstory of this particular Greek tragedy.
Meanwhile, freshman nursing major Kelsey Bialozynski, who plays Iphigenia, notes that “the most surprising thing about this play is how modernized it is.” Although McLaughlin’s adaptation is already a modernized version of The Fall of the House of Atreus, Pierson created and even more contemporary version of the play. She did this by having modernized costumes and a few improvised songs.
The other actors in the play include Maya Ward, ‘21 (Orestes), Taylor Hinds, ‘20 (Electra), Mary Claire Waterman, ‘19 (Clytemnestra), and Abby Noble, ‘19 (Chrysothemis). Waterman and Noble are also members of the chorus, along with freshmen Destyni Mitchell, Kelsi Gross, and Eilean O’Brien.
The show will be playing in the Marian B. Copeland Theater at LeClerc Hall from November 3 to 4 and 10 to 11 at 8 p.m., and November 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. General admission is $15 dollars, but with the student discount code (NDMUSTU), you can get your tickets for $9. Go online to rsvpbook.com/daughters to reserve your tickets soon because there is limited seating in the theater!