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Staged Readings from Greek Drama
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012, 7:00 PM, Piedmont Arts

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Join Piedmont Arts and Aquila Theatre for professionally performed readings from Greek drama. After each reading, actors will lead a discussion, encouraging audience members to share their impressions and experiences. Participants will see the reading of artistically enriching classical plays and gain experience in how to watch, appreciate and participate as a modern audience member viewing an ancient Greek play.

The reading and discussion will explore "Homecoming," a theme designed to bring the veteran community and public together to contribute to something truly important and profoundly moving - a way to understand and appreciate our veterans, to learn from their experiences in the context of these classical works, and to come together as an active audience, watching, listening, and discussing as a shared experience.

This discussion will be moderated by Jana Adamitis, associate professor of classical studies and chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at Christopher Newport University. Adamitis teaches courses in Latin language and literature, Greek and Roman culture and ancient drama. Her areas of specialization include the Augustan Age, Greco-Latin lyric poetry and Greco-Roman culture and society.

Mask Acting Masterclass
Thursday, Feb 2, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, Piedmont Arts

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Join Piedmont Arts and actors from Aquila Theatre for a masterclass in the art of mask acting. The class will explore masks, movement and performance in classical theatre, as well as Greek theatre's connection to modern life. This program is free and open to the public.

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue is a program that has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ancient Greeks / Modern Lives website | Aquila Theatre website