Classical Period/Drama

 Euripides: Medea


The stunning Kennedy Center production of Euripides' great classic about a woman driven by emotion beyond the brink of rationality. With Zoe Caldwell as Medea and Judith Anderson as the nurse. The English text is by Robinson Jeffers. (87 minutes)

The Role of Theatre in Ancient Greece



This program looks at the theatres of Herodus Atticus, Epidauros, Corinth (where Arion is said to have taught the dithyramb), and many others to explain the design of the ancient theatre, the synthesis of art forms that was ancient Greek drama, the origins of tragedy, the audience in classical times, the comparative roles of writer/director and actors, and the use of the surrounding landscape in many plays. (23 minutes)

Theatrical Devices in Classical Theatre



In classical theatre, violence, bloodshed, and horror took place off-stage. This program covers the uses of the ekkyklema for showing the perpetrators and victims of off-stage violence; the deus ex machina, a crane mechanism to suspend gods above the stage; the ladder of Charos, for ghosts from the underworld; and other means of entrance and exit. It also explains the reasons for New Comedy, its audience, and its physical requirements. (20 minutes)

Homer's Mythology: Tracing a Tradition


DVD eng/ G946


An introduction to the Iliad and the Odyssey, and to the social and historical context in which those works were written.