By Brian Kettler
Directed by Andrew Wardenaar
Festival Dates: Jan 27, 28 @ 7:30pm
Venue: Shout House
210 SE Madison St. Ste. 11
Reservations: orphicplays.org | 971.570.9273
“If you’re still bleeding, it still matters…”— Iphigenia 3.0 is a freewheeling, modern adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia Among the Taurians that combines elements of slapstick comedy, slasher horror and straight-up Greek Tragedy. Set in a chaotic post-Trojan War world, the play examines the lengths a group of Taurian women will go to shield themselves from the corrupting influences of patriarchal violence and unchecked sexual desire. Burrowing into the famously screwed up House of Atreus, Iphigenia 3.0 imagines a reality wherein Iphigenia was saved from sacrifice at the very last moment and welcomed into a community of chaste, religious women. All is well until Iphigenia’s long-lost brother, Orestes, washes up on shore and the estranged siblings instantly fall in love with each other. Along for the ride are Orestes’ sex-obsessed cousin Pylades, the ghosts of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and a chorus of three Taurian women who are as winsome as they are bloodthirsty. As the characters fight to keep the doomed siblings apart, the stakes get higher and the body count rises. Iphigenia 3.0 is a thrilling, violent, meta-theatrical experience not meant for the faint of heart.