Crossing the Ancient Stage

Translating is something which all of us from classics backgrounds have had to do, if only to convince an instructor that we understand the structure of a Greek or Latin sentence. Translating for the stage is another matter entirely. In a classroom, one can translate Medea's olola (704) as 'I am in a state of having been utterly destroyed.' No actor would be caught dead saying it.The features in this issue represent a selection of words which actors have said and audiences have heard, and of approaches to translation when performance is the goal. In some cases, translation flows into adaptation, and beyond; the Brazilian Os Sete Contra Tebas described in Ricardo Montenegro's piece is a translation of spirit, not words. The principle which unites these very different scripts and productions is that of playability, an awareness that the words have to work on the stage. [ Read more ]...

Panel Introduction
Mary-Kay Gamel

'Plautine Travesties of Gender and Genre: Transvestism and Tragicomedy in Amphitruo
Pamela Bleisch

'Female Choruses in Greek Tragedy'
Mary deForest

'Kathakali and Greek Drama'
Catherine Freis

'Adest sponsus, qui est Christus: Performing the Male Monastic Body in Sponsus'
James Whitta

Eva Stehle

Theater Reviews

Review of Medea
Caterina Barone

Review of Oedipus Rex in Stratford, Ontario
Laurel Bowman

Review of Helen in Vancouver, British Columbia
Laurel Bowman

Review of Hecuba at Trent University, Ontario
D.J. Conacher

Review of Persians and Septem in Wellington, New Zealand
John Davidson

Review of Asinaria at the University of Victoria, British Columbia
John Fitch

Review of Tragedy in New York City
David Kilpatrick

Book Reviews

Review of Pelling's Greek Tragedy and the Historian
Antony G. Keen

Review of Wiles' Tragedy in Athens
C.W. Marshall

Window on the World

Aquila Productions Spring Tour 1997
London Festival of Greek Drama 1997
Actors of Dionysus Spring Tour 1997
Persephone Premiere
Epidicus in Connecticutt Trojan Women in Toledo, Ohio
Aias in Newcastle, Australia
Hecuba in Peterborough, Canada
Conference: 'Dionysus: Manifestations of Madness'
Hypsipile at Royal Holloway
Classical Association AGM 1997
Kentucky Foreign Language Conference
Aristophanes in Oregon
Helen in Vancouver
Gate Theatre Aristophanes
Dell' Arte Summer Workshops 1997
Summer Theatre Program at an ancient theatre in Greece
Oedipus Revival in Stratford, Ontario
Athens Festival 1997
Epidavros Festival 1997
Inigo Philoctetes
Antigone in NYC
Dunedin Bacchae
Classics at the 1997 Edinburgh Fringe
Lysistrata in Canberra
Agamemnon in Wellington
Heritage and IT Colloquy
The ICS is Moving!
Didaskalia wins Perseus Award
Didaskalia recognized by AncientSites
Didaskalia made site of the week by WebTrips
Translation in Context Website
Antigone in Texas
Rugby Phormio
Conference: Digital Resources for the Humanities 1997
ALT-C '97: Virtual Campus, Real Learning
Scholarly Publishing Conference
The Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama
Trojan Women in NYC
Electra Tour
Didaskalia on Canadian TV
Didaskalia added to Wall of Honor
Congratulations from Snap!Online
'Libiation' Bearers in London
Tisch Troades
Actors of Dionysus Autumn 1997
Tour Award to Didaskalia from SelectSurf
Iphigenia in NYC
International Colloquium on Aristophanes
Conference: Comedy and the Discourse of the Polis
Call for Papers: 'Heroine and Whore'
Electronic Publishing Promotion Activities in Canada
Crossing the Stages: The Production, Performance, and Reception of Ancient Theater
Seneca's Trojan Women
Colloquium: Seneca in Performance
London Festival of Greek Drama 1998
Sophocles Elektra in Australia
Iphigeneia at Penn State
Theater Ludicrum Curculio
Frogs in Atlanta
Women in Power in North Carolina
CFP: 'New readings of the figure of Clytemnestra'
Conference: 'Tragedy and the City'
CFP: 'Greek Performance in Context'
Drama at the Classical Association AGM, 1998
CHOROS: A graduate student conference on Greek lyric
Midlands Classical Seminar: 'Attitudes to Theatre in Western Culture'
Mexican Medea
CFP: 'Unmasked Performance'
'Medea in Performance: 1500-2000'
CFP: 'Drama in the Classroom'
'Euripides and the Tragic Theatre in the Late 5th Century'