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Iphigenia at Aulis

by Euripides, translated by Don Taylor

Department of Theatre & Drama

April 2-12, 2015 • Arthur Miller Theatre

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The Story: Prepared to exact revenge on Troy for the abduction of Helen, the Greek army is stuck at the port of Aulis, stymied by unfavorable winds. As his men grow restless, their commander Agamemnon grows desperate to retain his command. Persuaded by his priests that the only way to set sail is through familial sacrifice, Agamemnon sends for his wife Clytemnestra and daughter Iphigenia under the pretext of a royal wedding to the hero Achilles. When the truth reveals itself, the two women and Achilles plead for young Iphigenia’s life against the swell of a growing mob.


Background: Euripides (480 BC - 406 BC) is the author of over 100 plays, 19 of which survive. Iphigenia at Aulis is the last extant work by the Greek playwright. One of the great anti-war plays, Iphigenia exemplifies how the momentum of war can propel individuals and a nation toward the unspeakable. In 1989, the late English playwright Don Taylor, a key figure in the golden age of television drama, translated, directed, and produced Iphigenia for the BBC, starring Fiona Shaw. Staying true to the original, Taylor’s translation resonates with parallels to the horrors of war that Euripides decried over two thousand years ago.

graphic image for Iphigenia

graphic design by CAP Designs

Artistic Staff

Director Malcolm Tulip
Scenic Designer Angela Alvarez
Costume Designer Kayleigh Laymon
Lighting Designer Rob Murphy
Sound Designers

Henry Reynolds

Evan Klee-Peregon

Stage Manager Sherry Green




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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower