Goethe’s “Iphigenia in Tauris” for the Amateur Theatre!
A free script “Iphigenia” is newly available for an abridged modern verse translation of Goethe’s “Iphigenia in Tauris”. If you have not read anything by Goethe, this may be an ideal text to start with! “Goethe’s play in five Scenes” – quite short – 438 verses – all the best ones. It is a libretto as well as a theatre text – just waiting for some theatre music or a contemporary score!
Goethe’s “Iphigenia in Tauris” – an iconic symbolic figure for the post-truth-alternative-fact world! Warmongers sacrificed her for the Trojan war effort – the refugee received asylum on the Krim, where she put an end to the custom of ritual killing of all foreigners. She resisted the advances of the elderly king, found a way out of killing her “cursed” brother, committed everyone to “truth between us”, persuaded all the men that she was right and was then allowed to depart into a self–determined future!
Three texts are available: “Iphigenie 1 D” (= German text), “Iphigenia 2 E” (= English translation) and “Iphigenie 3 D u E” (Parallel texts). The texts are available for download by clicking on the names.
Online also: kleines buch goethe klingmann
Contact: Ulrich Klingmann, Greyton – South Africa
(Image: Valentin Serov – Iphigenia)