Iphigenia Point Blank poster image.

Iphigenia Point Blank: Story of the First Refugee

Nov 01, 2018 to Nov 11, 2018
Lisa Schlesinger
Directed by: 
Marion Schoevaert
David Thayer Theatre
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:00pm
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 2:00pm



Link to an Iowa Now article and rehearsal photos about developing this new Partnership in the Arts.

Iphigenia... Notes

Iphigenia Point Blank: Story of the First Refugee, A film opera, is adapted from Euripides’ Iphigenia plays and ancient Greek laments from the Trojan War epics. The play follows Iphigenia, the first refugee depicted in western drama, through 2,500 years of history and across contemporary war zones to interrogate the current refugee crisis and change the ending of her story.

This production contains strong adult language and references to sexual and physical violence. Incense will be used throughout the performance.

This production is part of the Iowa Partnership in the Arts program. This program was established in 1992 to support the creation of major new works of theatrical art. Nationally- and internationally-respected guest artists collaborate with students and faculty to present adventuresome new works, many of which have gone on to be productions throughout the country. This program is part of a long tradition of UI faculty and students collaborating with professional artists to develop new work.


Cast of Iphigenia Point Blank
Role Name
Iphigenia Leela Bassuk*, Crystal Stewart (alternating performances)
Agamemnon Michael Francis
Wind Branden Shaw
Female Chorus Leela Bassuk*, Emily Buttolph*, Melissa Carlson*, Alexis Healey*, Dharmini Piekarska*, Crystal Stewart, Madison Recker*, Amy Rodriguez*, Sarah Skilling*, Claire Wool*
Male Chorus Jeremy Cline, Jose Alfredo Elizardo, Emily Gumal*, Shahzeb Hussain, Aiden Page*, Alvon Reed, Austin Wicke*

Artistic Team

Artistic Team of Iphigenia Point Blank
Title Name
Playwright Lisa Schlesinger
Director Marion Schoevaert
Composer Kinan Azmeh
Filmmaker Irina Patkanian
Camera Gus Ford
Musical Director Erik Doucette
Scenic Designer Tae Sup Lee
Costume Designer Loyce Arthur**
Assistant Costume Designers Savanna Genskow*, Chelsea June
Lighting Designer Bryon Winn**
Assistant Lighting Designer Ryan McElroy*
Dramaturgs Art Borreca, Jacob Glass*
Choreographer George de la Peña, in collaboration with the performers
Assistant Choreographer Jeremy Cline
Vocal Coach Mary Coy
Marionette Boat Choreographer Paul Kalina
Stage Manager Mariana Tejeda
Assistant Stage Manager Adam Koob


Musicians for Iphigenia Point Blank
Instrument Name
Violin Layale Chaker
Cello Ghyas Zeidieh
Flute Jeiran Hasan
Percussion Justin LeDuc
Double Bass Will Yager

This production has been made possible in part by the University of Iowa Internal Funding Initiatives, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and the Puffin Foundation.

Iphigenia Point Blank: Story of the First Refugee is supported by FACE Contemporary Theater, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support from the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture and private donors. Additional support for women artists has been provided by Fondation CHANEL.

Iphigenia Point Blank: Story of the First Refugee is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This performance is presented in partnership with Hancher’s Embracing Complexity project, which seeks to build textured knowledge of Islamic cultures, while creating a greater sense of empathy for the experiences of peoples of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.
**Member of the United Scenic Artists, Local 829.


Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Hancher Box Office in advance at 319.335.1158.

Production Photos

Photo courtesy of Gus Ford

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Logos for Grants. Puffin Foundation, FACE Foundation, French Embassy, NYSCA