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Classical Greek Theater

The Bacchantes

Director, Giorgio Ferroni. Cast: Taina Elg, Pierre Brice, Alberto Lupo, Alessandra Panaro, Akim Tamiroff. Dubbed into English. 1988. 100 min.

The Birds

Director, Robert Richmond. A new translation for the stage by Peter Meineck. Cast: Anthony Cochrane, Andrew Price, Tony Dunn, Daniel York. In this classical Greek drama two men are disgusted with life in Athens and seek a new homeland among the birds. c1998. 95 min.

The Birds [Excerpts]

Adapted and directed by Bob Morris featuring Neil Pepe, Ed Porter, Todd Weeks, Phil Reilly, Clare Tattersull, Terry Hardcastle. Two Greek men are disgusted with life in Athens and seek a new homeland among the birds. 1991. 43 min.

The Hippolytus

Translated and directed by Harry Love. Cast: Andrew Connolly, Anna Sutherland, Marilyn Parker, Andrew Barker, Andi Pannel, Nicki Waugh, John Dawson. The Department of Classics, University of Otago. 1995. 78 min.

The Last Homecoming (O teleftaios gyrismos) (Cyprus, 2008)

Director, Corinna Avraamidou. Cast: Stavros Louras, Popi Avraam, Dimitris Xistras, Christopher Greco. Alexandra and Orestes are a young couple who decide to spend the summer holidays in the picture-perfect seaside town on Cyprus with Orestes' family. Phaedra, the mother of Orestes, decides to stage a play with the help of family and townspeople. When Orestes' brother and Phaedra's old lover enter the scene, tensions begin to mount, relationships are tested, and love and betrayal are all on the program. 85 min.

The Oresteia

Adapted from Aeschylus; a version by William Whallon. Directed by Bill Vincent. Cast: Jode' DePriest, Greg Teachout, Rachael Walker. A version of the Oresteia of Aeschylus (scenarios of the four plays including the lost satyr play). In Parts 1 and 4 the brothers Agamemnon and Menelaus, warlords at Troy, return home to their wives, the sisters Clytemestra and Helen. In Parts 2 and 3 Orestes does a great wrong as a duty, and the Furies contest for him against Apollo. 2001. 74 min.

The Trojan Women (UK | USA | Greece, 1971)

Director, Michael Cacoyannis (Mihalis Kakogiannis). Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Genevieve Bujold, Irene Papas, Patrick Magee. Set at the end of the Trojan War, all the Trojan warriors and princes are dead and the women and children are left to be divided among the conquerors. An indictment against the horror and futility of war. Based on the play by Euripides. 105 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Reviews and articles: Georgakas, Dan.

Three Greek Plays

Participants: Ellen Stewart (theater producer), Margaret Croyden (theater critic, author), Cast of La Mama Theater production company. Excerpts from the production at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club (New York City) of Andrei Serban's interpretation of the classic dramas Electra, Medea, and The Trojan women, with music by Elizabeth Swados. Margaret Croyden provides introductions and commentary. Ellen Stewart, founder and guiding spirit of La Mama speaks briefly about her goals in the modern theater. 1974. 57 min.

[Euripides'] Medea

Director for stage, Peter Steadman ; director for television, Dennis Diamond. Cast: Lavinia Lorch, Peter Steadman, Carol Weinstein. Euripides' classic portrayal of a woman driven by emotion beyond the brink of rationality. In ancient Greek with English subtitles. 1986. 100 min.

[Fellini's] Satyricon (1969)

Directed by Federico Fellini. "A free adaptation of the Petronius classic," recreating the bawdy and lecherous days of Nero's reign in ancient Rome. It is also an allegorical satire of the self-indulgence of modern society. 130 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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