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Greek Play is Enriching Experience for Local Schoolchildren

View photos from The Bacchae

10/7/2004 2:54:22 PM


The 2004 Season of the Randolph-Macon Woman's College Greek Play kicked off Thursday, October 7, with a performance of The Bacchae for local schoolchildren.

The weather was warm and sunny as nearly 1,200 students from area elementary and middle schools enjoyed the show in a packed Mabel K. Whiteside Amphitheatre.

Amy Cohen, play director and assistant professor of classics, explains that educating people about the great works of ancient drama is a key part of the Greek Play's mission.

The Greek Play web site,, shows teachers how attending the performance meets various requirements of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and provides a performance study guide and other resources on Greek drama, playwrights, and festivals.

"We are pleased to offer an opportunity for teachers in Central and Southwest Virginia to enrich the classroom experience and give some life to SOL preparation," Cohen said. "The R-MWC Greek Play provides direct contact with the ancient world, an immediate experience of literature, and vibrant evidence of the ongoing power of drama."

Public performances run Friday through Sunday, October 8-10, at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations