The mask is, in many ways, the defining element in Athenian stagecraft and performance. Following a victory in the dramatic competitions, an actor might dedicate a mask to the god Dionysus, and in later times iconic masks became emblematic of the genres of tragedy and comedy. For generations, scholarship did not proceed beyond this recognition of the importance of the mask. Modern work, however, has begun to explore the many ways that masks create meaning on the stage, employing tools from a wide variety of disciplines. This study has followed a number of trajectories, some of which are represented in this special issue of Didaskalia on the Greek mask. [ Read more ]...

Staging Greek Drama
Kathryn Bosher

Can you hear me now? Implications of the New Research in Greek Theatrical Masks
Amy R. Cohen

Cross-Cultural Connections, Confluences and Contradictions in Masked Performance
Margaret Coldiron

Mask, Word, Body and Metaphysics in the Performance of Greek Tragedy
Paul Monaghan

Three Electras and the Multivalent Mask
Chris Vervain

The Acoustical Mask of Greek Tragedy
Thanos Vovolis and Georgios Zamboulakis

The Word and the Take: Writing for the Mask
J. Michael Walton