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Cedar Crest Student Stages Greek Myth Iphigenia on Saturday

Cedar Crest College senior Chealsea Anagnoson—a fine arts, secondary education and general science major—is staging the Greek play, Iphigenia at Aulis, this Saturday, May 1, at 2 p.m. in the Greek Theatre located behind Tompkins College Center.

Chealsea AnagnosonOriginally written by Euripides, the play reenacts a Greek myth in which Iphigenia’s father, Agamemnon—a military commander—agrees to sacrifice his daughter to the Greek god, Artemis, in order to get the winds necessary for his troops to sail for battle in the Trojan War. Anagnoson said this performance is actually an adaptation of Jean Racine’s 17th century version of the play.

“I chose the myth of Iphigenia because I wanted to embody the ideals of Cedar Crest; Iphigenia translates literally into ‘born of strength,’” Anagnoson said. “My heritage was definitely my biggest inspiration for the project. I am Greek and wanted to do something that represented this part of my background. Other than that my interests—theatre with gesture, dance, forensic speech and art—also played very big roles. I wanted to complete a project that was a reflection on all I’ve learned thus far all of my studies tie in directly.”

In addition to casting and directing the play, Anagnoson has done all the set design for the play including a sculpture representative of an altar to Artemis and an eight-foot-tall contemporary column. She even painted the binders for the show’s chorus. She said her background majoring in education will help her present the Iphigenia at Aulis myth, which is part of Ancient Greek history, in an educational and compelling way.

“This is a very ambitious project as I chose to complete almost every element on my own, and even though it's been quite stressful, I have enjoyed the entire process and can’t wait to see the end result of all the work myself and others have put into it,” she said. “I’d like to thank everyone involved and I encourage everyone to come see it.”

The performance is free and open to the public.

For information on this production of Iphigenia at Aulis send e-mail to cfanagno@cedarcrest.edu.