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Vision & Voices: Aquila Theatre in Euripides's Herakles   Tags: euripides, herakles, theater, tragedy, visions_voices  

Resource guide for the February 28, 2012 event.
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When: February 28, 2012 from 7:00 pm

Where: Bovard Auditorium

Organized by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Co-sponsored by USC Dornsife College Commons. For further information on this event:


Event Description

From the Vision & Voices website:

Dedicated to reinventing classical theatre, Aquila Theatre has been called a “classically trained, modernly hip troupe” by the New York Times. They will perform Herakles, one of Euripides’s finest and most challenging plays. Herakles is in the underworld performing one of his famous labors, bringing back the three-headed dog Cerberus. In his absence Lycus, the illegitimate and tyrannical king of Thebes, has determined to kill Herakles’s father, wife and three sons. Herakles returns just in time to prevent their deaths, and to kill Lycus instead. However, Lyssa (madness personified) appears and causes Herakles to murder his wife and children.

The Athenian tragedy raises critical questions about the world: What is legitimate violence? How can we be human in a world that can seem inhuman? Can we accept catastrophes that happen to us for no justifiable reason? How do we make a place in our lives for these disasters? The play also shows the need for compassion and community in the face of vulnerability and misfortune. Following the performance, USC classics professor William Thalmann will engage the audience in conversation with Aquila artistic director Peter Meineck.

Theatre in Video: More About Greek Drama

The following two segments of a documentary are provided through Alexander Street's Theatre in Video collection. Click on the link to watch the videos. If you are off campus, you may need to log in using your USCNet Login to view it.

  • Greek Drama: From Ritual to Theater  
    Abstract: Why do plays well over two millennia old still speak to audiences today? This program traces Greek theater from ancient harvest rites to the golden age of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. Key scenes from Antigone, Oedipus Tyrannus, Medea, and Lysistrata show how these works remain relevant by exploring the timeless themes of honor, class, gender, sexuality, and politics. Essential concepts such as catharsis, hamartia, and the use of masks and a chorus are discussed.
  • Myth, History, and Drama
    Abstract: The remains of ancient theatres are spread across the territory of Greece, haunted by the shadows of Homer, of the myths that fill the epics and the tragedies, of the not-so-distant past of human sacrifice: a theatre built on a high acropolis, perhaps religious in character, an amphitheatre in a major city of the Achaean League, the theatre of ancient Psophis, scene of Euripides’ Alcmeon in Psophis, the smallest theatre preserved, at a site renowned in Homeric times.

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