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Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage$
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Helene P. Foley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272446

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272446.001.0001

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Democratizing Greek Tragdedy

Democratizing Greek Tragdedy

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Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

Helene P. Foley

University of California Press

Chapter 3 looks at productions and new versions of Greek tragedy that began to defy the American reluctance to politicize the plays in response to controversial contemporary social and political issues and to question American optimism. Most productions in this category began in the late 1960s and 1970s and have been increasingly common in the last thirty years. Aside from Sophocles's Antigone, which did generate an important production in the late nineteenth century, this chapter focuses on productions and new versions of less well-known tragedies, such as Aeschylus's Persians and Prometheus Bound, Sophocles's Ajax, and Euripides's Children of Heracles, by artists including Julian Beck and Judith Malina of the Living Theatre and Peter Sellars and Robert Auletta.

Keywords:   democracy and theater, political theater, The Living Theatre, Julian Beck, Judith Malina, Peter Sellars, Antigone, Aeschylus's Persians, Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound, Sophocles's Ajax, Euripides's Children of Heracles

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