Los angeles fall harper lecture 2017
Ancient Tragedies, Modern Sensibilities: Interpreting Ancient Texts for a Contemporary Audience, presented by Nicholas Rudall, founding artistic director of Court Theatre
The University of Chicago’s Court Theatre is honored to remount its production of Euripides’s Iphigenia in Aulis on the Getty Villa stage. This is the highest achievement for theaters that produce Greek or Roman work. In conjunction with this milestone, Court’s founding artistic director, Nicholas Rudall, will present at the LA Harper Lecture on Greek theater. Rudall will speak about the three plays he translated for Court’s Greek cycle: Iphigenia in Aulis, Agamemnon, and Electra. We will explore how ancient tragedies echo philosophical questions that modern society continues to wrestle with.
2:00 p.m. Registration and networking
2:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion
3:30 p.m. Reception
$10/recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association philanthropic societies
Valet parking is available for $18.
Nicholas Rudall is the founding artistic director of Court Theatre, having led the theater from 1971 to 1994. He led the growth of Court from a community theater to a leading professional Equity theater. In addition to his achievements as an actor and director, Rudall is a professor emeritus in classics at the University of Chicago, where he taught for over 40 years. His translations for the theater—known for their stage-friendly language and “playability”—are myriad and span many languages, but he is best known for his translations of ancient Greek tragedy. Court recently produced a three-play Greek cycle with translations by Rudall. Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides began the series in 2014, followed by Agamemnon by Aeschylus in 2015, and concluding in 2016 with Sophocles’s Electra.
Brian Wilson, AM’06, PhD’15
Associate Director - Lifelong Learning