In this story, the revenge is two-fold. First is Clytemnestra (Delta Rae Giordano), who plots to kill her husband Agamemnon (who does not appear in the play) after he sacrifices their daughter Iphigenia (Nissa Nordland) to the gods. The second is another one of their daughters, Electra (Samantha Joy Singh), who plots to kill her mother who killed her father for killing her sister. Where does this cycle of vengeance end? The play isn't a straight-forward narrative, rather it skips around in time, first showing us the sacrifice of Iphigenia (the terrified girl thinks she's about to be married off to someone), then years later Electra's despondence after the death of her father, as well as her sister Chrysothemis' (Sierra Schermerhorn) seeming indifference to the tragedies their family has endured. Finally, we witness the return of their brother Orestes (Henry Ellen Sansone) and the carrying out of the revenge against Clytemnestra. The play provides a possibility of a hopeful ending, as the family tries to heal and move forward.
|Clytemnestra reigns (Delta Rae Giordano, photo by Theresa Burgess)|
|the chorus (photo by Theresa Burgess)|
Similar to Park Square Theatre's Antigone (closing this weekend), Iphigenia and Other Daughters tells ancient women's stories in a fresh and modern way that's relatable today, making it obvious why these stories have survived for so long. Iphigenia continues through March 10 at Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul.