Ancient Drama in Performance III
October 10–12, 2014
The Practice Matters to the Understanding
The Center for Ancient Drama at Randolph College is pleased to announce its third biannual conference on Ancient Drama in Performance. We encourage all practitioners and all scholars of ancient drama to attend, whether or not performance issues have ever been part of their work. For those who do involve performance in their scholarship, the meeting will be an opportunity to use our Greek theatre to test their own theories about how the ancients practiced drama. For those who have not made performance a factor, it will be an chance to discover the large and small ways that practical questions of theatre inform and enrich the philological and literary study of plays. We will also share research and scholarship in a context that insists on the play as an experience.
The conference will feature keynote addresses by Frederick Ahl and Helen Eastman.
Call for Papers
Ancient Drama in Performance III will coincide with the 2014 Randolph College Greek Play, Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, an original-practices production. The play will be part of a weekend of scholarly and practical exchanging of ideas on ancient theatre. We are inviting proposals from scholars and practitioners of all levels for papers on topics to do with ancient drama in performance, including but not restricted to the staging, texts, design, repertory, personnel, and the social impact of plays in the ancient Greek and Roman world, as well as of plays as re-performed in the modern world.
Papers will be delivered in an outdoor Greek theatre (or a round indoor space if it rains), which means that papers that deal with original practices in some way would find a comfortable setting, but all topics concerned with the plays as a practice are welcome. Presenters who would like to demonstrate their performance ideas will be provided with student actors (with or without masks), with whom arrangements can be made prior to the meeting. Papers are limited to 10 minutes (presentation without actors) and to 13 minutes (presentations with student actors).* Presenters should be aware that they will hear the sound of a drum when two minutes remain and will exit pursued by a Fury when time is out.
Please submit a 300 word abstract to the email listed below by 15 May 2014.