Iphigenia in Aulis
Title: Iphigenia in Aulis
Translation/Adaptation: Edward Einhorn
Director: Edward Einhorn
Choreographer: Patrice Miller
Composer: Aldo Perez
Venue: La MaMa, New York, NY
Producer(s): Untitled Theater Company #61, La MaMa
Cast: Amy Melissa Bentley, Lynn Berg*, Michael Bertolini*, Ivanna Cullinan*, Giselle Chatelain, Laura Hartle*, Paul Murillo, Eric Emil Oleson*, Jenny Lee Mitchell*, Sandy York*, Emily Clare Zempel*
Synopsis: Featuring music of downtown indie rocker Aldo Perez (from the band The Renaldo The Ensemble) and the work of graphic novelist Eric Shanower (author of the award-winning Age of Bronze series), Edward Einhorn’s new adaptation reexamines Euripides’ play about democracy versus ochlocracy (mob rule) and the role of religion in popular uprisings, subjects made particularly relevant by Arab Spring.
Masks by Jane Stein are both worn and “puppeteered” as a second self, separating the characters from their classic archetypes and revealing more basic human emotions beneath. Deliberately anachronistic, the production mixes the contemporary with the classical and uses pop iconography of comics to examine the timeless, philosophical elements of the myth.
More: Read an excerpt of Edward Einhorn's translation and more at www.untitledtheater.com