major project for this term is to conceive, compose, and perform
an original Greek tragedy — in English, of course. Your
tragedy should conform to the conventions of ancient drama
as closely as possible, especially with regard to verbal and
procedural aspects (prologues, messenger speeches, marking
of entrances and exits, choral odes, and so on).
project will be divided among your group as evenly as possible. The
date of the performance has yet to be finalized, but it is
tentatively scheduled for an evening within the last week
of classes (April 30 - May 4).
is an ambitious project, to be sure, but it is possible to
achieve within a single semester. Requirements
and their deadlines must
be observed. That
said, constraints of time and resources make it impossible
to mount a full-scale theatrical production. You
should therefore aim for to produce a drama about
700 - 1000 verses long (with a running time of approximately
will find that how much time and effort you put into staging,
costuming, choral routines, and other aspects of the play
will need constant re-evaluation. Whatever you
decide, be sure that the entire group (or at least the majority)
is in agreement.