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Classical Greek Theater

Eumenides: The Furies (Oresteia, Part 3)

Directed and produced by Peter Hall. National Theatre of Great Britain, 1983. Cast: Greg Hicks, Michael Thomas, Kenny Ireland. Having killed his mother, Orestes flees from the Furies and takes refuge at the shrine of Apollo. But his mother's ghost implores the Furies to bring her murderer to justice. And Athena, goddess of wisdom, must judge between Orestes and the Furies and then persuade the Furies from wreaking havoc on the earth. 70 min.

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Adaptor/director, Fiona Laird. Cast: Rick Smith, Rachel Springs, Jon Williams, Fiona Laird--cast of the London Small Theatre Company. Modern adaptation for the stage of Aristophanes's Greek comedy The Frogs. 1991. 110 min.

Gospel at Colonus (Oedipus at Colonus)

Director, Kirk Browning. Cast: Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, J.D. Steele Singers, Institutional Radio Choir, J.J. Farley and the Original Soul Stirrers. Tells the story of Oedipus as a gospel music revelation. c1987. (preservation copy)

Iphigenia Ifigeneia) (Greece, 1977)

Directed by Michael Cacoyannis. Cast: Irene Pappas (Clytemnestra), Costa Kazakos (Agamemnon), Tatiana Papamousko (Iphigenia). Presents the ancient Greek tragedy in which the Greek leader, Agememnon, must sacrifice his daughter as punishment for having offended the gods. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database


Director Georgos Zervoulakos. Cast: Tzeni Karezi, Kostas Kazakos, Anna Fonsou, Dionisis Papagiannopoulos. Film retelling of Lysistrata who convinced the women they could prevent war by withholding sexual favors from their husbands. Modern Greek dialog with English subtitles. c1987. 97 min.


Director Howard Sackler. Read by Hermione Gingold. 1987. 67 min.


Original ballet scenario by Jean-Georges Noverre. Producer, director, Mariel McEwan. Cast: Dawn-Marie Gottlieb, Tim A production of Jean-Georges Noverre's 18th century ballet which tells the daunting tale of a woman's desperate love, jealousy and murder. Called "the father of modern ballet," Noverre was a seminal thinker on the importance of expression and gesture in ballet. Medea, his most famous ballet, is presented here by a chamber ensemble in full period costume accompanied by 16 musicians. Followed by "Recreating Medea," a discussion of the production by key participants.


Staged by Jose Quintero; Cast: Judith Anderson, Colleen Dewhurst, Henry Brandon, Morris Charnovsky. A modern-language production of the classic tragedy of jealousy and revenge. Medea, betrayed by Jason, seeks revenge by killing Jason's wife and father-in-law, and then her own two children. 1959. 107 min.


Director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Freely adapted from the Medea of Euripides by Robinson Jeffers. Cast: Maria Callas, Giuseppi Gentile, Laurent Terzieff, Massimo Girotti, Margareth Clementi. Medea, high priestess of the Golden Fleece, falls in love with Jason, and, stealing the prized article, flees with him to Corinth. Jason eventually betrays her, however, when he falls in love with the daughter of Creon. In a white heat of anger, Medea murders Creon, his daughter, and finally her two sons by Jason, then flees, leaving him to face a wifeless, childless future. 100 min.


Directed by Lars Von Trier. Cast: Kirsten Olesen, Udo Kier, Henning Jensen, Baard Owe, Solbjorg Hojfeldt. A modern-language production of the classic tragedy of jealousy and revenge. Based on the play by Euripides, adapted for the screen by Carl-Theodor Dreyer. Based on the play by Euripides, adapted for the screen by Carl-Theodor Dreyer, the drama unfolds in shimmering marshlands and gloomy subterranean passageways. Medea is a foreign sorceress, abandoned by Jason, her lover who goes in search of the golden fleece. In a fit of rage she plots revenge and murders her own children. 1987.