Greek Tragedy on the American Stage: Ancient Drama in the Commercial Theater, 1882-1994

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Performing Arts - 161 pages

During the past century, the interpretation given by the various directors staging Greek drama has varied, and the critical reception accorded the productions has also altered. While the texts of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides remain constant, the meanings drawn from their plays do not. The director who decides to offer a Greek tragedy in the modern American commercial theater believes in the ability of the text to reach the contemporary audience, and the reviewers assess the success of the venture: their words become a record of both a particular performance and the time in which it played. Hartigan explores how drama and society interact and witnesses the continued vitality of the Greek tragedy.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Earliest Plays
7
ANTIGONE
11
Greek Tragedy Gains Recognition 19001915
15
IPHIGENEIA AT TAURIS
19
ELECTRA
20
Greek Tragedy Comes of Age 19151935
25
OEDIPUS TYRANNUS
35
PERSIANS
102
OEDIPUS AT COLONUS
104
Greek Tragedy and Reevaluation 19801994
111
ANTIGONE
112
AJAX
118
ALCESTIS
120
ORESTES
124
Occasional Productions Greek Tragedies Rarely Brought to the Boards
131

Greek Tragedy Achieves Status 19351950
39
OEDIPUS TYRANNUS
40
TROJAN WOMEN
43
MEDEA
48
HIPPOLYTUS
59
ELECTRA
61
Greek Tragedy Responds to War Drugs and Flower Children 19601970
67
ORESTEIA
68
THE BACCHAE
81
IPHIGENEIA AT AULIS
89
Greek Tragedy Echoes a Period of SelfReflection 19701980
101
PROMETHEUS BOUND
132
PHILOCTETES
135
WOMEN OF TRACHIS
138
HECUBA
139
HERACLES
141
SUPPLIANT WOMEN
143
Conclusion
147
Selected Bibliography
155
Index
157
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About the author (1995)

KARELISA V. HARTIGAN is Professor of Classics at the University of Florida. She is the author of several books including Ambiguity and Self-Deception: The Apollo and Artemis Plays of Euripides.

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