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Shotgun Players is proud to present

By Euripides. Directed by Patrick Dooley.

Special Dawn performance has been Rescheduled to Sunday August 12 at 8:00am (not 7:00)

Performed for Free. No reservations required.
At John Hinkel Park (info) in North Berkeley.

PREVIEWING Friday & Saturday June 22 & 23 at 5:00

OPENING $20 Sunday June 24 at 5:00 benefit reception to follow with Greek wine, Greek salad & roasted lamb

PERFORMING Saturday & Sunday at 5:00 (not Friday)
Note: No performances on July 14 & 15

CLOSING Sunday August 12

Sunday August 12 at 8:00
Note: No performances on July 14 & 15

Saturday July 07 at 5:00, Mosswood Park (info) in Oakland
Sunday July 08 at 5:00, John McLaren Park (info) in San Francisco.

John Hinkel Park (directions) is a wheelchair accessible location.

Call 510.704.8210 or click here for more information.

Public Transportation

Public Transportation


Exit 101 South at Paul putting you at San Bruno Ave. & Mansell
Continue up Mansell to Visitacion Valley Rd.
Turn right on Visitacion, go 1/4 mile to entrance on left.
Look for signs

Take the 29 Sunset
West from San Bruno Ave. or East from Mission Street


Mary Eaton Fairfield as Clytemnestra / Menelaus
Jeff Elam as Agamemnon / Achilles
Amaya Alonso Hallifax as Iphigenia / Old Man / Messenger

Joan Bernier
Valerie Weak
Naomi Stein
Hannah Evans

Patrick Dooley, director
Barry Horwitz, assistant director
Joan McBrien, dramaturg
Andrea Weber, choreographer
Michael Frassinelli, mask maker
Valera Coble, costume designer
Daniel Bruno, goat song leader
Marilyn Stanley, videographer

Review by Karen Ahn for Urban View
Review by Karen D'Souza for San Jose Mercury News
Review by Erin Blackwell for SF Frontiers
Article by Karen D'Souza for San Jose Mercury News

Choices. The twists and turns of our life’s path are forged by the choices we make at every little juncture of our day. These choices are our life. They define our preferences, our values—our very selves. We are congratulated when we choose right and we face with the consequences when we don't. The choice, after all was ours. We have no one to blame but ourselves.

Sometimes we face a dilemma where no choice is simple. Its been said that you can judge the quality of a person’s character by how they handle the pressure. They’re great in the “good” times, but how are they when things get really ugly? The great Greek tragedians took those dilemmas and exploded them on the stage. You can’t mess around with petty quandries when you’re trying to keep the attention of 14,000 people in an outdoor amphitheatre. You have to get bloody.

Iphigenia in Aulis tells the story of a family that is torn apart, because of a choice the father feels compelled to make. That decision and the response of the Chorus tells us something about values of their community. How do we connect this story to ourselves and our times? Perhaps we have never been asked to sacriWce the life of a loved one, but who gets short shrift when we’re overextended?
We pat ourselves on the back for how dependable we are at work, because we are willing to put in long hours and sacriWce our weekends. Our families, meanwhile, eat supper without us or wait in the driveway—car running—while we return that “important” phone call. Right or wrong, good or bad there are inescapable consequences to every choice we make. They determine who we really are and how we will be remembered. What will you wish in your last moment? That you had directed more plays, made more sales or led the victorious seige of Troy ? Or will we wish we had spent more time picking weeds with our mom and reading Neruda to our wife ?

Like it or not, we are what we choose. How fortunate to have great theatre that reminds us of that.

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