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2019 Summer
* GLS 306 / THR 306 / HLS 306 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Re: Staging the Greeks

Michael W. Cadden


This course explores the drama of ancient Athens through reading, performance, and observation. Students will confront the interpretative and performative challenges the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes offer, culminating in a performance of student-generated scenes. Students will attend performances as well as participate in workshops and conversations with actors, directors, and designers. The seminar investigates the connection between the ancient world and Greece's complex multicultural present though trips to ancient sites and the modern city. The seminar also features classes in Modern Greek.

Sample reading list:
Aeschylus, The Oresteia
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound and Other Plays
Sophocles, The Three Theban Plays
Euripides, Euripides I-V
Simon Goldhill, How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today
John Hale, Lords of the Sea

Reading/Writing assignments:
20% written work: performance journal of reviews/observations about the work viewed; written analysis of a scene, monologue, or chorus from an actor's perspective. 40% participation: post-show discussions, workshops, excursions to ancient and contemporary sites. 40% performance: active collaboration in creating scenes and speeches in performance workshops, culminating in a final presentation.

Programming Assignments - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 40%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Seniors.

Other information:
This course will meet from 6/10/2019 to 7/19/2019, Monday-Friday. Class hours will range from 3 hours to 6 hours. In addition to the seminar meetings, students will be required to attend a Greek language course that will complement the course, excursion to ancient Greek sites, and theatrical performances. Martha Frintzila, Greek director, actor and singer, is co-instructor. If interested in applying, please see GPS application.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10004 S01 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:15