A relatively modern print showing what the Greek theatre festival, City Dionysia, may have looked like. It was a Greek dramatic festival in which tragedies, comedies, and satyrs originated. It was held once a year in Athens, in honour of Dionysus - the god of grapes, wine, and wine making. He also represented religious ecstasy, theatre, and madness -- whether induced by alcohol or otherwise!
A modern drawing of the Acropolis Athens illustrating the importance of theatre by its approximation to key buildings in Ancient Greek culture.
Epidaurus or Epidauros theatre in Epidaurus, Greece. Known for it's incredible acoustics, immense seatingof 11-15,000 seats, ingenuity and sustainability, even 2500 years later.
An image from Spike Lee's film, CHI-RAQ, and a contemporary production's depiction of the Greek comedy, Lysistrata.
An engraving of the death of Astynax from Euripedes' Trojan Women and next to it is an image of the Syrian Refugees production of Women of Troy.
How did theatre's function change and evolve through time? How do you see theatre functioning today?
In what ways have governments used theatre to influence society? What about in the United States today? How have religious institutions used theatre to influence people-- in the past, and today?
Given how much we rely on mediated forms of entertainment today, do you think that theatre has relevance in our lives today? (See glossary for definitions of mediated/unmediated.)
Do you think it is a "citizen's duty" to attend live performances such as theatre? Why or why not?
As you may have noticed from the walking tour downtown or your daily assignment, there are numerous theatres in Kalamazoo within walking distance of one another. How is it that this city is a thriving location for theatre and the arts? What does this say about the city of Kalamazoo and its residents?
What most surprised you about the roots of theatre?
What connections between today's class content and content from previous classes can you describe in detail?
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