Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

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University of California Press, 2012 - History - 375 pages
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"Only Helene Foley could have written this book. The combination of meticulous classical scholarship with a lifetime of accumulated experience of the US contemporary arts scene has produced a stylish, exciting, and energising read. Mandatory reading for anyone who loves either Greek or American Theatre."--Edith Hall, author of Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun

"This eagerly anticipated volume covers enormous ground with great skill and insight. It demonstrates unequivocally that the ancient plays have not simply been central to life within the American academy; they have also routinely been at the forefront of innovation and debate within the American theatre."--Fiona McIntosh, Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford.

"A magnificent work, impressive in its scope and learning, yet accessible and engaging--an extraordinary, indeed indispensable contribution to reception studies of Greek tragedy."--Mary Kay Gamel, Professor of Classics, Comparative Literature, and Theater Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Greek Tragedy Finds an American Audience
27
Making Total Theater in America Choreography and Music
76
Democratizing Greek Tragedy
122
Reenvisioning the Hero American Oedipus
160
Reimagining Medea as American Other
190
Epilogue
229
Professional Productions and New Versions of Sophocles and Euripides Electras
239
Professional Productions and New Versions of Aeschyluss Persians Sophocles Ajax and Aeschyluss Prometheus Bound ...
259
Professional Productions and New Versions of Oedipus Tyrannus
265
Professional Productions and New Versions of Euripides Medea
277
Professional Productions and New Versions of Euripides Iphigeneia in Aulis and Iphigeneia in Tauris ...
295
Other Professional Productions and New Versions
303
Notes
309
References
343
Index
363

Professional Productions and New Versions of Antigone
249

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About the author (2012)

Helene P. Foley is Professor of Classics at Barnard College, Columbia University, and the 2008 Sather Professor at UC Berkeley. Her many books include Ritual Irony and Female Acts in Greek Tragedy .

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