Welcome Home! (A mise-en-page of Euripides’ Andromache)

Welcome Home! (A mise-en-page of Euripides’ Andromache)

In the summer of 2020, SNFPHI summer grantee and Ph.D. student in Classics Cristina Pérez Díaz is preparing a multimedia book presenting the work of Classics students at Columbia for a production of Euripides’ tragedy Andromache (scheduled to premier in April 2020 and cancelled due to the pandemic). The production, which Cristina directed, was focused on the theme of domesticity (Andromache always holds a broom, Hermione is moved around the stage like a piece of furniture, and the chorus is portrayed as house-cleaners)—an emphasis that acquired new meaning in the context of stay-at-home orders. The book combines photographs of the characters in quarantine with the Ancient Greek text and its English translation, music by composer Alejandro Kauderer, and monologues written by the actors themselves as they re-interpret their characters in quarantine.

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