Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

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University of California Press, Oct 1, 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
in Eugene oneills 1931 Mourning Becomes Electra
16
chapter one Greek Tragedy Finds an American Audience
27
Aeschyluss Eumenides
45
Margaret Anglin as Medea in Euripides Medea and as Iphigenia in Euripides
55
of Euripides Trojan Women
65
Margaret Gage
87
Courthouse Park
103
Appendix A Professional Productions and new Versions of Sophocles
239
Appendix B Professional Productions and new Versions of Antigone
249
Professional Productions and new Versions of Aeschyluss
259
Professional Productions and new Versions
265
Appendix E Professional Productions and new Versions
277
Appendix F Professional Productions and new Versions
295
Appendix G other Professional Productions and new Versions
303
Notes
309

chapter three Democratizing Greek Tragedy
122
American Oedipus
160
chapter five Reimagining Medea as American Other
190
Epilogue
229

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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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