Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121

Empowered Women: #MeToo in Greek Tragedy


Men dominated the world of Greek tragedy as playwrights, actors, and spectators. But if ancient Greek drama addresses issues that are usually male related (heroes and rulers involved in conflicts, politics, and war), it is left to female characters, despite their marginalized position in society, to question, challenge, and even disrupt the social, cultural, and political norms set up by their male counterparts.

Medea is a scorned and betrayed woman/wife and resorts to sorcery (another marginal activity) to concoct her escape and revenge. Carey Perloff directs a rehearsed reading of Euripides’ Medea to examine the unpalatable truths about humanity which continue to confront us, and the ways in which the worst can overtake the best in people when the situation is extreme enough.


Cast

Margo Hall ............................. Nurse
Giles Havergal ........................ Tutor
Brenda Meaney ....................... Medea
Delia MacDougal ...................... Chorus
Aldo Billingslea ....................... Creon
Dan Clegg ............................. Jason
Jason Kapoor ......................... Aegeus/Messenger

Music by David Coulter


This program is underwritten by Bernard and Jane von Bothmer.

About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.

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PROGRAM

December 7, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Medea"

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor

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Presented by Directed by Carey Perloff Playwright, director, and author, and artistic director emerita, American Conservatory Theater

Admission: This lecture is free and open to the public; Suggested donation to the Ancient Art Council: $5

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