The Epidaurus Ancient Theatre is a theatre in the Greek city of Epidaurus, located on the southeast end of the sanctuary dedicated to the ancient Greek God of medicine, Asclepius. (Wikipedia)
The four questions below pertain to historical content about theatre, and about contemporary theatre as exemplified by the recent adaptation of the ancient Greek tragedy Trojan Women, by Syrian women.
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1. As discussed, Kalamazoo boasts theaters including: a touring playhouse that brings Broadway shows and others to Kalamazoo (Miller Auditorium); a professional theatre (Farmers Alley Theatre); a highly regarded community theatre that dates to 1931 (The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre); five college theaters at WMU and Kalamazoo College, and The State Theatre, that is the oldest theatre still standing in Kalamazoo (built 1927), and primarily hosts concerts by singers and musicians. Theatre is important to Kalamazoo, as evidenced by generous funding of all the arts here. Are there theaters in your hometown? If yes, describe them. If not, where is the nearest theatre? How would you say your home town or city rates in terms of supporting theatre and other arts?
2. Is theatre is a citizen's duty today? Have you seen a film, TV show or play that you believe is imperative for American citizens to see? Please explain.
3. In class we discussed the Syrian conflict, also known as the Syrian Civil War. We viewed a clip from a documentary film about the adaptation of Trojan Women, called the Queens of Syria. A former refugee who acted in the production says, "You are a human. And we are humans. And you break all the walls, and you just stand and say, I am a human." What do you think and feel about Queens of Syria, and in particular, this quotation? Be sure to view it again, HERE. Related question: Does a production such as Queens of Syria have the potential to change public opinion? Explain please.
More about Queens of Syria can be found HERE.
4. If you can think of a historical event (and a work of fiction based on it) that took place in the United States that might be analogous to the Peloponnesian War and Trojan Women, please tell us about it.
5. I talked with you about the complexity of being human, of human history, and our contemporary world. We examined this almost entirely in terms of the many ways all aspects of life in ancient Greece were intertwined. The small thumbnail photo above, on the left is symbolic of how religious faith is embedded in Greek civilization. Using this photo as a jumping off point, please discuss ways that we understand how religion impacted all other aspects of Greek life.
6. The other photo above, is symbolic of the ways in which not only do we Westerners tend to ignore Eastern culture, but that even within Western culture we (who live in a country dominated by Christian historical culture), tend to overlook what Islamic and Judaic culture have contributed in recent centuries. Explain please, and include mention of what was said in class.
7. We did a Skilled Observation process about this word. What is the core of its meaning? Where else can you take a conversation about this word?
If you have answered any one of the numbered questions/topics above, please also answer in three sentences, the following: How do you feel about the president of this university, John Dunn, speaking out at the Sunday rally about how we as a community should react to the executive order President Trump issued forbidding people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.?
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