Iphigenia

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 3f

NOTICE: Please be advised, this title is being made available now in manuscript form prior to its publication.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Nigro returns to his own special territory, Pendragon County, Ohio, the location of many of his plays, to revisit the myth of Iphigenia as its archetype emerges in Armitage, Ohio, in the second decade of the twentieth century. Michael Ryan has appeared in Armitage, married the daughter of the bank president, and now, twenty years later, is one of the most respected men in town. But he is a haunted man, locking himself in his study at night to read the Greek tragedies in the original, and distant from his lonely wife Carolyn and daughters, the beautiful but fragile Jenna and the smart, sardonic Lexie. Then one night a young man appears with a secret from Michael's past that could destroy everything. He wants a job at the bank, he wants to torture Michael, and he wants Michael's daughter Jenna. The ancient mythology of guilt, betrayal, human sacrifice, and ambiguous redemption begins to manifest itself as Jenna gives herself to the stranger to try and please her father, then has a breakdown on her wedding night that involves a long knife, a walk on the roof, and the village idiot. This is a very funny, dark tale about the possibility of recognizing and then subverting the mythology one finds one's self trapped in.

While this full length play is complete and self-contained, it is also the first of a group of plays, The Greek Trilogy, that will continue the story with Clytemnestra and Electra.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 3f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas ...

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