2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

Tantalizing the Audience: Modern Technology and its Effect on Greek Theatrical Productions Today
Courtney B. Schaefer
Dr. Todd Coulter, Faculty Mentor

In ancient Greece, playwrights such as Aeschylus and Sophocles were constricted when writing for the stage because of the circumscribed architectural and mechanical resources available to them. In modern theatre, however, technological spectacle is not only available but has become an art form in itself. This paper will question whether such application of modern technology amplifies or obfuscates the ancient Greek texts. This paper focuses on the production of John Barton’s Tantalus produced at the Denver Center of Performing Arts, 2000. I will argue that the technological aspects of Tantalus not only amplified the elements of the ancient Greek texts, but were necessary in order to create a connection between Barton’s contemporary text and the modern audience

Keywords: Tantilus, Modern Technology, Theatre, Ancient Greek Texts

Topic(s):Theatre

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 3-4
Location: OP 2210
Time: 9:00 am

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