Iphigenia in Dreaming

Written by:

Cassandra Marcus Davey

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

2SLGBTQIA+

Cast Size:
11

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 8

Genre:

Adaptation
Drama

Themes:

Coming of Age
Family
Queer

Length:

75 min.

Year Written:

2023

Synopsis:

Tauris. The temple of Artemis. Iphigenia, displaced and freshly sacrificed, struggles to find a foothold as she shuttles between disparate times and places. Visions of her mother’s childhood, her aunt’s future, and the unraveling of her family weave through conversations with Artemis and life in Tauris. Iphigenia in Dreaming adapts the narrative of Iphigenia to reflect on family, memory, and little kinds of love.

Characters:

Iphigenia, somewhere between ‘girl’ and ‘young woman’
Klytemnestra, her mother, queen of Mycenae, has a faint scar on her cheek
Agamemnon, 40s, Iphigenia’s father and Klytemnestra’s husband, tall, king of Mycenae
Helen, Klytemnestra’s twin sister, queen of Sparta, daughter of Zeus
Menelaus, Helen’s husband and Agamemnon’s brother, king of Sparta
Artemis, goddess, commanding stage presence
Korë, Taurian priestess, Iphigenia’s age
Kassandra, young seer, somewhere between thirteen and twenty
young Helen, princess of Sparta, bright
young Klytemnestra, princess of Sparta, three minutes older
A sacrifice, male, old enough to be married
Various Taurian priestesses and priestesses-in-training

Resources:

The play can be accessed through the Canadian Play Outlet.

Iphigenia in Dreaming by Cassandra Marcus Davey

Notes:

This play can be performed with as few as 7 actors or as many as you like by adding more priestesses to the chorus.

Warnings:

This play contains mentions of murder, discussions of the murder of a child, discussions of sexual assault, imagery of dead animals.