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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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An examination of the critical reception of Greek tragedy staged in the US, arranged in chronological units that correspond approximately to periods of American social history, spanning roughly from the famous 1882 production of Oedipus Tyrannus in New York to that of Medea in 1994. Two themes explored in depth are the types of debate engendered by stagings of the "classics" and the way the political milieu influences the plays chosen for performance. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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KARELISA V. HARTIGAN is Professor of Classics at the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 The Earliest Plays 7
Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus
Sophocles: Antigone
3 Greek Tragedy Gains Recognition: 1900-1915 15
Euripides: Trojan Women
Euripides: Iphigeneia at Tauris
Euripides: Electra
4 Greek Tragedy Comes of Age: 1915-1935 25
Sophocles: Electra
Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus
5 Greek Tragedy Achieves Status: 1935-1950 39
Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus
Euripides: Trojan Women
Euripides: Medea
Euripides: Hippolytus
Euripides: Electra
6 Greek Tragedy Responds to War, Drugs, and Flower Children: 1960-1970 67
Aeschylus: Oresteia
Euripides: The Bacchae
Euripides: Iphigeneia at Aulis
7 Greek Tragedy Echoes a Period of Self-Reflection: 1970-1980 101
Aeschylus: Persians
Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus
8 Greek Tragedy and Reevaluation: 1980-1994 111
Sophocles: Antigone
Sophocles: Ajax
Euripides: Alcestis
Euripides: Orestes
9 Occasional Productions: Greek Tragedies Rarely Brought to the Boards 131
Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound
Sophocles: Philoctetes
Sophocles: Women of Trachis
Euripides: Ion
Euripides: Hecuba
Euripides: Heracles
Euripides: Suppliant Women
10 Conclusion 147
Selected Bibliography 155
Index 157
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