Greek Plays

ISBN-10: 1559362405

ISBN-13: 9781559362405

Edition: 2004

Authors: Ellen McLaughlin
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Description: From "The Persians" "Defeat is impossible Defeat is unthinkable We have always been the favorites of fate. Fortune has cupped us In her golden palms. It has only been a matter Of choosing our desire. Which fruit To pick from the nodding tree." This chilling passage is from Ellen McLaughlin's new adaptation of "The Persians "by Aeschylus, the earliest surviving play in Western literature, an elegy for a fallen civi-lization and a warning to its new conqueror. As Margo Jefferson wrote in the "New York Times", "The play is a true classic: we see the present and the future right there, inside the past. And when writers give us a __new version' (a translation or adaptation) of a classic, they both serve and use it. They serve the playwright's gifts by refusing to simplify. But they can't just imitate. Every age has its own rhythms and drives. The classic must make us feel the new acutely. Ellen McLaughlin serves and uses "The Persians "with true power and grace." Also included in this volume: "Iphigenia and Other Daughters "(from Euripides and Sophocles); "The Trojan Women "(Euripides); "Helen "(Euripides); and "Lysistrata "(Aristophanes), all powerfully realized and as relevant today as when they were first performed. Ellen McLaughlin's plays include "Days and Nights Within, A Narrow Bed, Infinity's House" and "Tongue of a Bird", which have been widely produced. She is a past finalist forthe Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and was the co-winner of the Great American Play Contest. Also an accomplished actor, Ms. McLaughlin is most known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America", appearing in every U.S. production through its Broadway run.

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Iphigenia and Other Daughters
Iphigenia in Aulis
Electra
Iphigenia in Tauris
The Trojan Women
Helen
Lysistrata
The Persians
Oedipus
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