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.
The four questions below pertain to historical content about theatre, and about contemporary theatre as exemplified by the recent adaptation of the ancient Greek tragedy Trojan Women, by Syrian women.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. “The Greeks believed that it was a citizen's duty to watch a play. It was a kind of work in that it required attention, judgement, patience, all the social virtues." - Timberlake Wertenbaker
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.
2. In class we briefly 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 the production of The Trojan Women can be found HERE
More about Queens of Syria can be found HERE.
3. As explained in class, Euripedes used the historical events of what occured during and after the Trojan war as a political social commentary on the current events he was witnessing during the Peloponnesian War. What is another historical event (and a work of fiction based on it) that took place in the United States and the artist/author used this historical event as a reflection on their current social/political climate?
4. Look at the word above, refugee. What is the definition? What is the core of its meaning? How does the core word inform your understanding of the term refugee?
5. Like the numerous open-air theatres in Ancient Greece, Kalamazoo boasts numerous 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?
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