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Mainstage Production to Feature ‘Iphigenia and Other Daughters’

CANTON — This year’s St. Lawrence University Mainstage Production, sponsored by the Department of Performance and Communication Arts, will feature a remake of a remake of three ancient Greek plays.

Matt Saltzberg, visiting assistant professor of performance and communication arts, will direct Ellen McLaughlin’s “Iphigenia and Other Daughters,” which will feature St. Lawrence student actors in the production.

“The play is a representation of physical theater, which really is a unity of the mind and the body,” Saltzberg explained. “The student actors, the set, the lighting all come together to bring the performance alive. It is a physical experience to watch, and it exposes the audience to different movements. The methods come from the dance, but it’s not dance, exactly.”

McLaughlin’s play adapts Euripides’ “Iphigenia in Aulis,” Sophocles’ “Electra,” and Euripides’ “Iphigenia in Tauris” in succession. The plays are female-centered, eliminating the historical protagonist Aegisthus altogether. The only male characters on stage in this interpretation are Orestes and Agamemnon. The play centers around what appears to be women’s largely marginal place in history.

“McLaughlin’s interpretation of the anthology of plays gives women agency in their own stories,” Saltzberg said. “McLaughlin’s plays heavily reimagine the ancient Greek plays, and – without changing a world of her text – we are now refashioning McLaughlin’s plays, physically.”

Students will have the opportunity to participate in regional and national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival competitions for acting and stage management.

The performances will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 6-9 in the Edson R. Miles Black Box Theater in the Griffiths Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required to attend and may only be acquired at the Gulick Box Office from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4-8. You may visit the box office or call 229-5748 (during the above hours only).

For more information, visit the Department of Performance and Communication Arts.