Consider traveling back to ancient Greece when the theatre was in its infancy with no sound systems, only daylight to light the stage, minimal set design, and a raucous audience demanding to be thrilled, intrigued, and entertained. What Greek audiences demanded were god- and- goddess-infused, “edge-of-your seat” tragedies filled with prophecies and misfortune. Sophocles wrote two which were linked by generational curse. Both Oedipus Rex and Antigone fill the bill to have excited ancient and current audiences. We will journey together to discuss mythology, generational curses, and how we are STILL talking about and these ancient plays in the 21st Century.
During our seven weeks, we will journey through…
- Review of Greek Gods and Goddesses.
- The ancient Greek theatre and components related to masks, deus ex machina, the ekkyklema, the power of the voice, and the Festival of Dionysius—The God of Revelry
- What is the backstory related to the prophecy of “King” Oedipus?
- Read and discuss the action of Oedipus Rex.
- Discuss the “marriage” of Oedpius and his “queen / mother”.
- What is the set up for the tragedy of Antigone?
- Read and discuss Antigone.
- Discuss the consequences and the thinking now related to the moral dilemmas presented in both Greek tragedies?
Lisa Helmick, Omaha, Nebraska
Lisa is a native Nebraskan, who knew she wanted to be a teacher from of the age of five and taught for 35 years in the public-school system. After retiring, she became an adjunct professor at Metropolitan Community College, in Omaha, NE, and is loving every minute of it. She is certificated in English, Language Arts and Writing, English as a Second Language, and has master’s degrees in Educational Curriculum and Educational Administration. Lisa’s philosophy is that everyone is a teacher and everyone is also a learner. She has learned as much from her students as she hopes they have learned from her. Lisa joined the ELM team for the Winter 2021 session teaching “Beginning Greek Mythology” and “Who Are You?"