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Stanford Repertory Theater Festival: The Trojan War, Then and Now: Community Symposium

EVT 560
Aug 4
8:45 am—5:15 pm
To be announced
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The event fee is non-refundable. Advance registration is required. Discounts do not apply to events under $100.
Status: Open
SRT’s Summer Festival culminates in an all-day community symposium exploring the afterlife of the Trojan War in literature and art. Symposium participants include Mary-Kay Gamel (Professor of Classics, Comparative Literature, and Theater Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz), Katerina Zacharia (Professor of Classics and Archaeology, Loyola Marymount University), and Stanford’s own Richard Martin (Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor in Classics), William Eddelman (Associate Professor of Design and Theater History, Emeritus), and Lizzy Ten-Hove (PhD candidate, Department of Classics).

We will explore Hecuba (“What’s he to Hecuba?” asks Hamlet) and Helen (“the face that launched a thousand ships”) as they reappeared in various guises over the past 2,500 years. Learn how the Trojan War has been used (and abused) by poets, politicians, Hollywood filmmakers, and Marvel comics. See how visual artists and scenic designers have represented this epic war, from the wrath of Achilles to the ransom of Hector, from the prophecies of Cassandra to that deadly wooden horse.

In addition to the speakers’ lectures, the symposium will showcase scenes performed by the SRT company, such as Euripides’s Orestes, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Troilus and Cressida, Goethe’s Faust, and George Seferis’s Helen, among others. The program will conclude with a panel discussion featuring SRT artists working on Hecuba and Helen.

Schedule (subject to change):

8:45 am – 9:15 am
Check-In and Breakfast Refreshments

9:15 am – 9:20 am
Welcome remarks featuring prologue from Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida (Rush Rehm, Artistic Director, Stanford Repertory Theater)

9:20 am – 10:15 am
Keynote: Troy, The Eternal Fallen City (Richard Martin, Professor of Classics, Stanford)

10:15 am – 10:30 am
Performance: Troy (Homer’s Iliad Book 6 [Hector/Andromache scene]; Cavafy’s The Horses of Achilles; Giraudoux/Fry’s Tiger at the Gates [Cassandra, Andromache, Hector scene])

10:30 am – 11:25 am
The Trojan War in Film (Katerina Zacharia, Professor of Classics, Loyola-Marymount University)

11:25 am – 11:40 am
Performance: Helen (Euripides’ Orestes [Helen/Electra scene]; Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus; W.B. Yeats’ Leda and the Swan; and George Seferis’ Helen)

11:45 am – 12:40 pm
The Trojan War in Opera (Heather Hadlock, Associate Professor of Music, Stanford)

12:40 pm – 1:40 pm
Catered Lunch

1:40 pm – 2:35 pm
Moving Through the Flames: Visualizing the Trojan War in Cultural History (William Eddelman, Professor of Theater and Performance Studies, Emeritus, Stanford)

2:35 pm – 2:45 pm
Performance: Hecuba (Euripides’ Trojan Women [Hecuba/Talthybius scene]; Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Deborah Paredez’s Hecuba on the Shores of Da Nang, 1965

2:45 pm – 3:40 pm
Hecuba: The Mobled Queen (Elizabeth Ten-Hove, Ph.D candidate of Classics, Stanford)

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm
Afternoon Refreshments

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Stanford Repertory Theater panel on Hecuba/Helen (Rush Rehm, Courtney Walsh, Lea Zawada, Benoit Monin, Aleta Hayes, Gianna Clark, Doug Nolan)

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Closing remarks including W.H. Auden’s The Shield of Achilles (Rush Rehm)

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