'Agamemnon and His Daughters' at OSF
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will present a staged reading of "Agamemnon and His Daughters," adapted from Euripides' "Iphigenia at Aulis" and Aeschylus' "Agamemnon" by playwright Kenneth Cavander, at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, in the Angus Bowmer Theatre on the OSF campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Dawn Monique Williams, the 2013 Phil Killian Fellow, directs.
In 2000, OSF produced Cavander's adaptation of "The Trojan Women." Cavander revisits the Greeks in his new adaptation that looks at the price the victors paid.
Cavander calls it "the story of the great general and the bloody aftermath of his sacrifice of his daughter for the sake of an ill-conceived war" in an OSF press release.
Cavander blends elements from "Agamemnon," "Iphigenia at Aulis" and "Iphigenia in Tauris," as well as the story of Electra as written by the Greek dramatists.
Parts one and two of Cavander's four-part work — commissioned by Arena Stage in Washington D.C. — will be performed in the OSF reading.
The cast features Rex Young, Terri McMahon, Sofia Jean Gomez, Kevin Kenerly, Barzin Akhaven, Al Espinosa, Tasso Feldman, Wilma Bonet, Kenajuan Bentley, Catherine Coulson, Bakesta King, Katie Medford and K.T. Vogt.
Williams has directed a range of plays, including the recent English premiere of Gracia Morales' "NN12," along with William Shakespeare's "As You Like It," "The Winter's Tale," "Twelfth Night" and "Much Ado About Nothing"; Lisa D'Amour's "My California"; Suzan-Lori Parks' "In the Blood"; Robert Harling's "Steel Magnolias"; and Stephen Schwartz's and John Caird's "Children of Eden," among others.
Williams has worked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Impact Theatre, Woman's Will, New World Theatre, the San Francisco Young Playwrights Festival, California Conservatory Theatre and Chester Theatre in New Jersey.
She is a Drama League directing alumna and Drama League fellow. She holds a master's degree in drama from San Francisco State University and a master's in directing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Tickets for the reading cost $10, $8 for ages 6 through 17, and may be purchased at www.osfashland.org or by calling 541-482-4221.