Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

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University of California Press, Oct 1, 2012 - History - 396 pages
This book explores the emergence of Greek tragedy on the American stage from the nineteenth century to the present. Despite the gap separating the world of classical Greece from our own, Greek tragedy has provided a fertile source for some of the most innovative American theater. Helene P. Foley shows how plays like Oedipus Rex and Medea have resonated deeply with contemporary concerns and controversies—over war, slavery, race, the status of women, religion, identity, and immigration. Although Greek tragedy was often initially embraced for its melodramatic possibilities, by the twentieth century it became a vehicle not only for major developments in the history of American theater and dance, but also for exploring critical tensions in American cultural and political life. Drawing on a wide range of sources—archival, video, interviews, and reviews—Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage provides the most comprehensive treatment of the subject available.
 

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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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