Reclaiming Greek Drama for Diverse Audiences: An Anthology of Adaptations and Interviews

October 31, 2020
Reclaiming Greek Drama for Diverse Audiences: An Anthology of Adaptations and Interviews

Reclaiming Greek Drama for Diverse Communities features the workof Native-American, African-American, Asian-American, Latinx, andLGBTQ theatre artists who engage with social justice issues inseven adaptations of Sophocles' Antigone, Euripides'Trojan Women, Hippolytus, Bacchae, Alcestis, andAristophanes' Frogs, as well as a work inspired by themyth of the Fates.Performed between 1989 and 2017 in small theatres across the US,these works raise awareness about the trafficking of NativeAmerican women, marriage equality, gender justice, women'sempowerment, the social stigma surrounding HIV, immigration policy,and the plight of undocumented workers.The accompanying interviews provide a fascinating insight intothe plays, the artists' inspiration for them, and the importance ofstudying classics in the college classroom. Readers will benefitfrom an introduction that lays out practical ways to teach theadaptations, ideas for assignments, and the contextualization ofthe works within the history of classical reception. Serving as akey resource on incorporating diversity into the teaching ofcanonical texts for Classics, English, Drama and Theatre Studiesstudents, this anthology is the first to present the work of arange of contemporary theatre artists who utilise ancient Greeksource material to explore social, political, and economic issuesaffecting a variety of underrepresented communities in the US.