Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) & Antigone: 方

Foreword by: Jonathan Seinen

From the author of trace comes two adaptations that transport mythological stories from Ancient Greece to modern-day civilizations. Led by people of colour, these darkly comedic plays depict recognizable plights for justice.

Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) highlights the repetition of hate and colonialism that occur in ancient myths through a mischievous lens. Since Iphigenia was rescued from the sacrificial altar, she has served as a high priestess to the goddess Artemis on Tauros, where she in turn is to sacrifice any foreigners who try to enter. When she discovers that an exiled prisoner is her brother, they together plot their escape, but are soon confronted by a force beyond their control.

Antigone: is set against the backdrop of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement and Tiananmen Square Massacre protests. When citizens challenge a state’s traditional doctrine, the ruling family is divided between their own interests and those of its citizens. After brothers Neikes and Teo kill each other in the protests, their sister Antigone defies her father’s orders to retrieve Neikes’s body, causing the government—and what’s left of their family—to reach a reckoning.


Jonathan Seinen

Jonathan Seinen is a founding member of Saga Collectif and Boys in Chairs Collective, co-artistic producer of Architect Theatre, and former artistic associate with lemonTree creations. In addition to directing Black Boys, he directed Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land), which was nominated for nine Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding Direction, co-created and performed in Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show and Like There’s No Tomorrow, and was Assistant Director for Timon of Athens at the Stratford Festival. He co-created Charisma Furs with Mx. Sly, which was published by Playwrights Canada Press in Q2Q: Queer Canadian Performance Texts. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, he recently completed his MFA in Theatre Directing at Columbia University in New York City, where he directed Cabaret, Our Town, and The Seagull, and was Assistant Director to Anne Bogart on Tristan Und Isolde at the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka. He is a current winner of the Canada Council for the Arts John Hirsch Prize, and is now an Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York.


“The comic timing is flawless; some of the contemporary one-liners could feel glib in less skilled hands, but here they zing. The characters are all emotionally credible, while still bemused by the way the gods have screwed up their lives.” (Praise for Iphigenia and the Furies (on Taurian Land))

“His adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone both relocates this Greek story to reflect Ho’s Chinese heritage and directly challenges the narratives that its audience of 12- to 18-year-olds may be hearing in their classrooms right now, while empowering them to do something to change it.” (Praise for Antigone: )


  • Governor General’s Literary Award 2022, Nominated
  • Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award for Best New Canadian Play 2019, Winner
  • Lambda Literary Award for Drama 2023, Winner
  • Excerpts & Samples ×

    The square swells with conflict
    But for a dream like second
    The Chorus speaks:

    Note: This can be performed solo, by CHORUS 4
    Or can be performed chorally, with each member of the chorus
    (Minus Antigone or the Guard/Chorus 5)
    Taking one line at a time.

    How strange is the world
    How confusing
    How clear
    How incredible
    How disappointing
    How angry
    How funny
    How utterly strange is our world.

    But compared to mankind . . .
    The world sits back to
    How confusing
    How clear
    How incredible
    How disappointing
    How angry
    How funny
    How utterly strange we humans are.

    We fly through the skies
    Sail through the seas
    Conquer our lands
    Inch by inch
    As if the world belongs to us alone

    The winged creatures that share our skies
    We shoot them down and scream

    The fanged beasts that share our earth
    We trap them and scream

    The fish, the sharks, the submerged entities
    We take our nets, our knives, and scream

    We, men, masters of animals
    Of cities
    Of countries
    Of each other
    Whipping through our tongues
    Speaking like thunder to show just how smart we are
    Flaunting our hair
    Brushing our faces to show just how beautiful we are
    We answer every unknown with an arrogance of
    We know it all, we know it all
    We know everything

    Do we?
    What happens afterwards?
    After the fall?
    After we disappear?

    What happens when we die?

    We vibrate between the law and our lives
    Between being good and being bad
    If man veers and stays with the good
    Good for him.
    But if man derails.
    Finds himself warping his tongue
    Into bitterness and anger.
    Finds himself disappearing others
    For the sake of his own appearances. Finds himself
    A leader, leading us to the end instead of the light.
    If man stays with evil.
    Good for him.
    He proves just how utterly strange we are.

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    248 Pages
    8.30in * 5.40in * .80in


    March 29, 2022



    Book Subjects:

    DRAMA / Canadian



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