Photograph, Iphigenia in Tauris, June 1936

Club Year1935-1936
Playwright Euripides;
Play Iphigenia in Tauris;
People Involved Sensabaugh, Ludi Mai; McCrary, Switzer; Tinkle, J. Lon; Morris, Jack; Anthony, Charles; Mace, Jed; Hill, Mary Edith; Sample, Laurel Jane; Reeves, Ova Lee; Elliott, Ruby; Stone, Virginia;
Alternative TextThis image is a snapshot of the play “Iphigenia in Tauris” being performed on the steps of Dallas Hall at night.

This picture depicts the SMU production of Iphigenia in Tauris. This play, written by Euripides sometime between 414 BCE or 412 BCE, begins with the looming sacrifice of Iphigenia, at the hands of her father, Agamemnon. The goddess Artemis intervenes, saving her and replacing her with a deer in her place. She is taken to Tauris where she is given the responsibility of sacrificing any foreigner that lands on their shores. Meanwhile, the brother of Iphigenia, Orestes, is set to steal the statue of Artemis from Tauris and bring it back to Athens. Orestes is captured in Tauris and brought to the temple to be killed, but Iphigenia gets a gut feeling that this is her brother facing a brutal fate. They reconcile and devise a plan to escape and manage to take the statue of Artemis with them. However, King Thoas hears of the plan and wants to kill them for their dishonesty. The goddess Athena then intervenes and stops the King, making him surrender and free the Athenian Greeks. (O’Brian, Pelopid History and the Plot of Iphigenia in Tauris)
-This play was translated by Dr. Frederick Smith, the Chairman of the Comparative Literature Department, but that script wasn’t used for this 1936 production.
-Many Arden Club Alumni were welcomed to act in this production of Iphigenia in Taurus by the producer, Miss McCord, and many chose to accept the invitation. These alumni members included Ludi Mai Sensabaugh, cast as Iphigenia; Switzer McCrary as Orestes; Lon Tinkle as Pylades; and Mary Edith Hill as Athena. “The play was presented in much the same manner as the earlier Alcestis, and was well received.” (Abbott, 118)
-This Greek play was one of only two performed in the first 26 years of Club history; the other being Alcestis.

Tags Tragedy; Dallas Hall;