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CRT production begins Friday
March 28, 1997
Ellen McLaughlin's Iphigenia and Other Daughters, a contemporary adaptation of several ancient Greek tragedies, will be performed by the Connecticut Repertory Theatre April 4-13 in the Studio Theatre at the Drama/Music Building. A preview will be held April 3.
The show is directed by CRT's artistic director, Gary English, who heads the Department of Dramatic Arts.
Iphigenia and Other Daughters presents classic characters of Greek tragedy - Clytemnestra, Iphigenia, Electra, Chrysothemis and Orestes - as seen through a uniquely female perspective. The play uses the classic model of these archetypes to explore the roles of young women in modern society.
"Iphigenia, the bright and observant girl groomed for sacrifice, Electra, the bad girl, permanently caught in a maze of teen-age anger at being separated from her father, and Chrysothemis, the good girl, painfully aware of her irrelevance, but unwilling to make a scene, are all young women we meet every day in today's world," English said.
"We are especially proud to present the Connecticut premiere of this play by Ellen McLaughlin, one of the country's preeminent female playwrights," he said.
English directed Company at CRT and Private Lives and Major Barbara at the University of Arizona. He has designed scenery and costumes for off-Broadway, television and many major repertory theaters.
For tickets and information, call 486-3969.