Past Plays

Aristophanes’ “Knights”

Fall 2016

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Adapted and Directed by Brittany Johnson

Sophocles’ “Trachiniae”

Spring 2016

 

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Youtube video forthcoming

Directed by Anna Conser

Euripides’ Ion

Spring 2015

Euripides’ Ion tells the story of Creusa, an Athenian princess raped and abandoned by the god Apollo, and Ion, a foundling raised as a servant in Apollo’s sanctuary at Delphi. Their meeting unleashes an exciting plot of mistaken identities, long-kept secrets, and ultimately, reunion and reconciliation. This production will offer the rare opportunity to see this innovative and rarely performed tragedy in the original Greek with English supertitles, complete with all new music and choreography. Please note that the production contains some non-graphic discussion of sexual assault and its aftermath.

Watch Ion on YouTube.

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Directed by Rachel Herzog

Aristophanes’ Clouds

Fall 2014

#CLOUD$ is a modern take on Aristophanes’ Clouds which confronts the “value” of a liberal arts education, emotionally, intellectually…but mostly monetarily. When Strepsiades’ daughter, Mustang Sally, refuses to enroll at Barnard, Strepsiades decides to go in her place, and meets the magnanimous Socrates and his smitten Clouds. When Strepsiades’ dream to be edified by Socrates in the niceties of intellectual discourse (or, for regular people, to learn to talk all fancy-like) doesn’t work out the way he planned, Strepsiades forces Sally to go, because she, unlike him, is still a moldable youth. When Sally returns from her time at Barnard, seeking a Masters in Art History rather than a JD, her father, overwhelmed by the pressure to pay back his and her student debt, decides to take matters into his own hands.

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Adapted and Directed by Brittany Johnson

Aeschylus’ Choephoroi

Spring 2014

This play, the second of Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy, portrays Orestes’ return to Argos to avenge his father Agamemnon’s murder, along with his sister Electra, by killing their mother Clytemnestra. The production included a chorus of 11 who sang and danced to a live, original score by Melody Loveless.

Watch Choephoroi on YouTube.

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Directed by Anna Conser and Simone Oppen

Seneca’s Thyestes

Spring 2013

Thyestes was written by the Roman philosopher and dramatist Seneca in the first century CE.  In this gruesome tragedy, Tantalus is summoned from the underworld to infect his House, rekindling enmity between his grandsons Atreus and Thyestes.  Having usurped the throne of Mycenae from Atreus, Thyestes has long been in exile.  Now Atreus lures his brother back to Mycenae, but not for reconciliation.  Following in the footsteps of grandfather Tantalus, Atreus plots the perfect vengeance: preparing Thyestes’ own sons for a nefarious feast. 

Watch Thyestes on YouTube.

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Directed by Claire Catenaccio

Euripides’ Alcestis

Spring 2012

Alcestis is the earliest surviving play by the Greek dramatist Euripides. Originally produced in 438 BCE in Athens, the play stands ambiguously between comedy and tragedy. Certain elements, such as the drunkenness of Heracles and the wrestling-match with Thanatos, are clearly comic. Yet the speeches and emotions of the central characters are deeply serious, and the play takes as its central theme the tragic limitations of human life and love.

Watch Alcestis on YouTube.

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Directed by Claire Catenaccio