Saturday, May 04, 2013

We Do Antigone and the Getty Villa Does Too: Creative Platypus

A little while ago I posted about my students' successful production of Sophocles' Antigone.  It was a delight, then, to be able to catch some of them and tell them that the Getty Villa is presenting dramatic readings of several Greek tragedies this summer and has already done Antigone in a prior season.  If we all lived in SoCal, I would propose an unofficial summer field trip for anyone who was willing to go and watch the classics come to life.  Alas.  Anyhow, if you are a SoCaler, be aware that this opportunity is available.

The important point in all of this is that interest in the Greek past is alive and may become even more alive if those who know and love it are willing to step out on a limb and share that love with the public.  Shakespeare can still draw a crowd because the bard's fans are willing to dig deep and bring real ingenuity and talent to the task of bringing his works to life.  If those who love Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides are willing to do the same, there's no reason they can't earn the Greeks their own spot in the sun.

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