ISU Theatre will open spring semester with a new adaptation of “Iphigenia”, based on the play by Euripides, on Friday, Feb. 23.


Noah Allyn, a senior, of Perry, is the Rhythm Captain in the Chorus and Margaret Smith, a freshman from Minburn is in the chorus.


According to the production’s director, Amanda Petefish-Schrag says, “The process of bringing a classical text to the stage in a new way is always exciting. We get to do a ‘deep dive’ into the connections between the ancient world and our own, and explore the ways these ancient questions and ideas can resonate as powerfully now as they did thousands of years ago.”


She feels the production particularly timely because “This play raises provocative questions about the nature of power and responsibility, about what we’re willing to sacrifice for power,” Petefish-Schrag describes.


“Part of our approach to exploring these questions has been incorporating puppetry and original music into the production. In many ways, this is an inherently ‘classical’ approach – ancient practitioners used mask and music to bring their audiences into the world of the play, and we’re trying to work in a very similar way in that regard.”


She notes that “For many students, this is their first opportunity to work with these components, so there’s a whole new level of discovery as we encounter the play and its elements.”


“Iphigenia” opens on Friday, Feb. 23 with additional performances on Feb.24 and March 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 25 and March 4 at 2 p.m. on the Fisher Theater stage in Ames.


Ticket are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $11 for students and can be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet or online, at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in the ground floor of Stephens Auditorium in Ames noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, or at the door before performances.


For more information, visit the ISU Theatre website, www.theatre.iastate.edu.