2020 - 2021 Season
By Jessica Kahkoska
Directed by Sarah Wansley
April 30th - May 1st, 2021
KTC is proud to present a virtual reading of NIA by Jessica Kahkoska, with music by Tommy Crawford, and directed by Sarah Wansley.
Nia reimagines the iconic Greek story of Iphigenia’s sacrifice in a rural coastal town governed by fundamental religious rules and a blue collar military tradition.
When apocalyptic squalls ground the US Air Guard fleet in Aulis, North Carolina, an overwhelmed Colonel Agamemnon makes an unthinkable choice for the return of calm skies. As his wife, an influential congresswoman, passionately fights for her daughter’s choice in the matter, his daughter Nia shocks the town by volunteering for the Pentecostal snake-handling ceremony herself.
Using the old bones of the Euripides story, Nia delves into a dark, coastal world of military fervor, dogwood flowers, porch gossip, and sweet tea. Featuring Achilles as a confused high school drop-out, Menelaos as a grief-stricken, desperate veteran, and a chorus of small-town church women on the neighborhood porch, Nia grounds an epic Greek story close to home, all with an ancient, mythic violence lurking beneath the surface.
Was there indeed a miracle at Aulis, or just hysteria and violence? What story will we choose to believe?
Nia: Allyx Miles
Nestra: Kathyrn Brown
Cashier: Jonathan Melton
Flight Captain/Pilot 1/Control Tower/Weatherband: Michele Metzger
Roy (Captain Agamemnon): Andrew Linden
Lee: Wesley Wood
Matt: Zach Eanes
Chorus Woman 1: Sydney Pope
Chorus Woman 2/First Officer: Kendall Mason
Chorus Woman 3: Carissa Wadsack
Chorus Woman 4/Pilot 2: Elizabeth Wheless