University of South Carolina

Lab Theatre to present 'Iphigenia and Other Daughters'

The University of South Carolina’s Lab Theatre will perform Ellen McLaughlin’s “Iphigenia and Other Daughters” April 23 - 26 at the Booker T. Washington building on Wheat Street.

Curtain times are 8 p.m., and tickets are $5, sold only at the door.

Directed by Amy Boyce Holtcamp, “Iphigenia and Other Daughters” is a modern retelling of the Greek legend of the House of Atreus and the tragedy that befalls Agamemnon, his daughters, son and wife, Clytemestra. Holtcamp is an acting instructor in the department of theater and dance.

The story, which is told from the female perspective, unfolds in three acts, beginning with Agamemnon’s decision to sacrifice his teenage daughter, Iphigenia, so the gods will allow him to fight in the Trojan War. Time passes, and the aftermath of Clytemestra’s murderous revenge on Agamemnon, who is not seen in the play, unfolds. Finally, it is Iphigenia who cannot escape violence when she is faced with the decision of having to murder her brother, Orestes.

“‘Iphigenia and Other Daughters’ is an exploration of the idea of justice and how humanity has been taught down through the ages to define it,” said Holtcamp. “All of the characters continually search for a sense of doing what is morally right while struggling to resist the human impulse to ‘take an eye for an eye’ or start wars in the pursuit of justice.”

McLaughlin is an American playwright and actor for stage and film. She has performed in “Days and Nights Within,” “A Narrow Bed,” “Infinity’s House,” “Tongue of a Bird,” “The Trojan Women,” “Helen,” “The Persians” and “Oedipus.”

“‘Iphigenia’ is filled with recognizable characters who are all trying to find their own path in taking action against life’s monumental forces and finding that pursuit to be a real struggle,” Holtcamp said.

The cast features graduate and undergraduate theater students, including graduate students Lin Ying (Iphigenia), Felicia Berch (Clytemestra) and Sonya Thompson (Elektra), senior Mallory Morris (Chrysothemis), sophomore Sam Traquina (Orestes). The chorus includes junior Lisa Hilt and Deborah Stevenson, sophomores Alex Anderson and Sara Crouch and freshman Savannah Kruzner.

For more information, contact Kevin Bush at 803-777-9353 or via e-mail at

    • What: “Iphigenia and Other Daughters”
    • When: April 23 - 26
    • Where: Booker T. Washington building on Wheat Street

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Posted: 04/20/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 05/27/09 @ 11:15 AM | Permalink