Tuesday, April 24, 2001
this essay, please read a play by Sophocles or Euripides
that we have not covered in class. Choose from
the following list:
plays can be found in the volumes of the "Chicago"
translations we have been using.
reading and pondering the play, write an essay in which
you isolate what you believe to be the key scene
that is, the scene which most clearly indicates the theme
or central concerns of the drama. State what
your scene is and why you have isolated it.
describe in detail how you would stage this scene. Be
sure to indicate the dressing of your stage, what the characters
look like, how they behave, what they do onstage, when they
enter and exit, and so on. The reader should be able to
visualize the scene as it plays out in the theater of your
imagination. The essential question is this: how
does your staging communicate to the audience what the words
of the playwright and the actions of his characters already
not write a complete script: use descriptive paragraphs,
citing the translation where appropriate. (Similarly,
please use diagrams and other visual aids sparingly. Let
your words draw the picture.) Your staging can
be as ancient or as modern as you like; it must, however,
convey your approach to the play as a whole.
essays must be at least 8 pages, typed, double-spaced, and
free of mechanical and grammatical errors. When you
cite the translation, either directly or indirectly, please
use references to line numbers, not page numbers. Finally,
DO NOT include a bibliography, unless you consult resources
other than the text of the play. A single footnote
at the beginning of the paper indicating translator, publisher,
and so on will suffice.
you have any questions or comments, please contact
me. I will be happy to discuss your papers with
you as they take shape.