May 27, 2009
Performance was highlight of three-week International Studies Seminar
LYNCHBURG – Participants in Randolph College’s Greek Play often praise the opportunity to perform ancient drama in the college’s realistic amphitheatre. This summer, a group of students and professors had the chance to take their act on the road – all the way to Greece.
The student/faculty group performed the centennial edition of the Randolph College Greek Play in Athens, Greek June 11.
The performance of Alcestis took place in a seaside amphitheatre and was the highlight of a three-week journey through Greece. The adventure was part of the International Studies Seminar, “Practical Wisdom: Art & Drama in Greece.”
The students, along with Amy Cohen, associate professor of classics, and David Schwartz, professor of philosophy, spent three weeks investigating ideas about art and performance by participating in the production of the ancient play. They also studied Greek philosophy of art. The group visited sites important to the history of philosophy and drama in Greece, including the Athenian Agora and Acropolis, the Theatre of Dionysus, the Theatre of Epidaurus, and the sanctuary at Delphi.