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Greek tragedy ‘Iphigenia’ set in a rave

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The name of Latina playwright Caridad Svich’s play is Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart. The work’s complexity runs parallel to its title.

The play, based on the original Greek character created by Euripides, centers on a young woman who learns she is to be sacrificed for her father’s sake. In Svich’s rave-fable vision, Iphigenia’s father is a corrupt Latin American dictator looking to boost his popularity in the next election. When she learns her fate, she flees to a rave, but ultimately cannot escape her destiny.

Svich updates the play with cultural markers from the political histories of several Latin American countries, referencing the murdered women of Juarez along the way and utilizing poetry and music to connect with the audience.

“We are seeking to do something we’ve never done before – a cross between a theater event and a rave,” says director Lance Gharavi, assistant professor in the ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film. “Imagine standing in the middle of a dance club, and a play breaks out. It’ll be unlike anything ever seen in the Valley; more like a party than a play.”

Iphegenia contains nudity, adult themes and language. The interactive performance has flexible and limited seating. A majority of audience participation includes standing.

You can catch the final three performances this weekend, March 1-3. Tickets are $7-$22 and are available online at http://herbergercollege.asu.edu/mainstage/ or by calling the Herberger College box office (480) 965-6447.  Show times are 7:30 p.m. at the Galvin Playhouse in the Nelson Fine Arts Center, southeast corner of 10th Street and Mill Avenue in Tempe.

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