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U of U stages “Iphigenia at Aulis” at BYU Sept. 26

Brigham Young University will welcome the University of Utah’s 35th Classical Greek Theatre Festival’s production of Euripides’ “Iphigenia at Aulis” on Monday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

A free pre-performance lecture will be held at 4 p.m.

Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 422-4322 or at performances.byu.edu for $9 or $6 with BYU or student ID.

“Iphigenia at Aulis” tells the story of King Agamemnon’s unfortunate daughter, Iphigenia, who was lured by her father to the Greek camp at Aulis under the pretense of marrying the hero Achilles.

In reality, Agamemnon has made a trade with the goddess Artemis to sacrifice his daughter in exchange for fair winds and safe passage to Troy where they would have the chance to fight and conquer the city.

Written at the end of the Peloponnesian War, the play uses the myth of the Trojan War to debate and debunk the causes of war and Athenian ideology and culture.

The Classical Greek Theatre Festival is an annual event designed to educate communities and campuses across the southwest about ancient Greek theatre. The festival remains the longest running and largest festival of classical Greek theatre in the country.

The production team for the play includes director Larry West, producer Richard Scharine and dramaturg/producer Jim Svendsen.

For more information, contact the University of Utah Department of Theatre at (801) 581-6448.

Writer: Brian Rust

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