Call for Actors/Tech: CAMP Performance of "The Arsonists" for 2018 Meeting

CALL FOR ACTORS, DESIGNERS AND OTHER CREATIVE TYPES!

for

The Arsonists (a morality play without a moral)

by Max Frisch

Translated by Alistair Beaton

Fri, Jan 5th, 2018

SCS Annual Meeting, Boston

Directed by Laura & Mike Lippman

This year we will continue the tradition of CAMP sponsored productions with a staged reading of The Arsonists (a morality play without a moral) by Max Frisch, translated by Alistair Beaton.

Here is the story of the play: Arsonists are systematically torching the town. First, they charm their way into your home and after, they burn it to the ground.  As the play opens, a mysterious wrestler from a recently burned circus arrives at Gottlieb Biedermann’s front door seeking some “kindness and humanity” and perhaps even a little "bread and wine".  Will Biedermann let him in? Will he then believe the mysterious wrestler when he tells him he is indeed an arsonist?  Now more than ever in our post-truth, post fact world, we are unable to hear truth when spoken plainly, preferring to hear and see only what we want as we live comfortably within our (academic?) bubble.  The Arsonists speaks loudly to the here and now while employing many elements of ancient theatre.  This reception piece, influenced by both Greek tragedy and comedy raises many questions that we, too, as both citizens and Classicists, must contemplate in our quest for relevance and morality.  

We hope to showcase the various talents of the classics community via any aspect of theater production, as well as generate an active discussion thereafter.  Please don't be shy about participating or attending!

PARTS FOR ACTORS: (all parts are open to both men and women)

Anna: A hardworking maid.  She follows orders but questions her employer’s choices, so no mere passive spectator.  A working class woman with a place in the upper class world. 

Babette: Biedermann's wife. She is nervous, worrisome, and suffers from a heart condition. She is terrified that the arsonists will come to her home and suspects Schmitz and Eisenring are arsonists, but would never want to imply that to their faces for fear of being impolite.  

Doctor of Philosophy:  An earnest academic who is partners with the arsonists. She/He remains silent throughout the plan to set the house on fire until the end, when she/se breaks her/his Aeschylean silence.

Chorus Leader- The leader is a protector, is earnest and dedicated. By constantly watching, she/he understands the behavior of men.

Chorus of Firefighters- These firemen are protectors of the town. They are always watching and listening, ready to act at the first sign of danger. They act in the sprit of a Greek chorus. Looking to cast between 5-9 people.

Policeman- She/He is an officer of the law, on official, investigative business. (can be doubled with a chorus member)

Mrs. Knetchling- is the wife of one of Biedermann's employees who was fired. Now a mourning widow, she comes to Biedermann after her husband kills himself. (can be doubled with a chorus member)

OTHER CREATIVE CONTRIBUTORS:

In addition to actors, we invite volunteers whose abilities can shine forth in other respects. 

·      Choreographers: Those with movement experience would be ideal to help work with the Chorus of Firefighters.

·      Costume Designer(s):  For the Cast as well as Chorus of Firefighters--there are many opportunities for a great deal of creativity.   

·      Props and scenic designer(s):  Another area where creativity and resourcefulness is a plus!

·      Sound Design: Pre/post show sound design, plus internal sound cues of fire and, most importantly, explosions!

·      Stage Manager: To help organize, wrangle and keep the production on track and on time.

·      Assistant Director: To assist the directors, work with the chorus, help create stage pictures, and contribute to the overall production.

If you are interested:

·      Please contact either of the Lippmans at llippman@peru.edu or mike.brant.lippman@gmail.com before August 1st.

·      Indicate the part of production in which you would like to participate and your talents/experience in that area as well as your contact information for the summer and for the academic year.  The more specific your description of yourself, the better.  We will follow up and request further information, if necessary, later this summer.  Total cast and crew will be announced by mid-August.

·      Students and faculty are all welcome and encouraged to get involved.  Please help us spread the word to any interested parties!

·      **Please be sure that you will be able to commit to arriving at the SCS in Boston by the evening of Wed, January 3rd, 2018 in order to give us ample time to rehearse.  Plan on being available for that evening for a read-through/overview and for the entire day of Thursday, January 4th, for rehearsals.  The day of the show should also be left somewhat open (we understand that you will have meeting business, too) for pick-up rehearsals before the evening's performance.  The performance will be script-in-hand.  We will expect actors to be familiar with the text, but it need not be memorized.

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We've put together a list of the special events that will take place at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Note that, while paper sessions will take place in the Marriott, a large portion of the evening events will be housed in the Westin.

The upcoming December Newsletter from the SCS office will have more information about these and other events at the Annual Meeting.

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From March 12 to March 23, 2018 Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, in cooperation with Venice International University, will offer an advanced seminar on “Literature and Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece, Rome and the Near East”.

The Program

The program is conceived as a two year commitment over two successive years (2018 and 2019). The first session (March 12-23, 2018) will consist of lectures by scholars with a seminar approach on the origins and development of literary genres and literacy in Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East. Some of the lectures will run simultaneously and will be devoted respectively to the interpretation of specific classical and near Eastern texts, with more focus on textual analysis. An evening lecture by an invited speaker special is also under consideration.

The lectures will alternate with a series of site visits, for example, to the Marciana Library, the Library of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, and the Basilica of San Marco.

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CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST (CAPN)
ANNUAL MEETING, MARCH 9-10, 2018
CALL FOR PAPERS

The 48th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest (CAPN) will take place at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, on March 9-10, 2018. The keynote speaker will be Professor Joy Connolly, Provost of the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Call for Papers: We invite papers on any aspect of the ancient Mediterranean world, including Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Ancient Near East. We especially seek those that are likely to be of broad interest and seek to make connections among different elements of the ancient world. Such connections may cross traditional disciplinary boundaries (such as archaeology, drama, history, literature, and philosophy) or geographical boundaries (e.g., looking at intersections between Greek society and Roman society) or even temporal boundaries (including receptions of Mediterranean antiquity in later places and times). We also welcome pedagogical papers, especially those that address the instruction of Latin and Greek at the primary, secondary, and university levels. Teachers and students of Classics at any level of instruction (K-12, college, or university) are encouraged to submit abstracts.

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30th International Conference of Philosophy
"POLIS, COSMOPOLIS AND GLOBALISATION"
July 20-26, 2018
Samos, Greece

Call for Abstracts

This conference will bring together philosophers, classicists, researchers and scholars from all areas whose work concerns important issues involving various aspects of globalization, the notion of globalization itself and/or Greek philosophy. The conference aims at providing a platform for in-depth analysis and discussion of the above mentioned themes.

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including economy, ontology, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politic, as well as other relevant disciplines and fields. Each paper session will have 20 minutes for presentation followed by Q/A session.

Papers presented at the conference will be eligible for inclusion in a proceedings Volume. We are looking to publish works that explore ideas, concepts, theories and their implications across multiple disciplines and professions that grapple with the relevant problems of our age.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:39am by Erik Shell.

Mark Masterson, Senior Lecturer of Classics at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and member of the SCS for over 20 years, has been awarded a grant $476,000 from the Marsden Fund administered by Royal Society for his research project, "Revealing Desire between Men in the Byzantine Empire". He will be holder of this grant for three years starting in 2018.  Here is a link to the awards the Royal Society made this year:

https://royalsociety.org.nz/what-we-do/funds-and-opportunities/marsden/awarded-grants/marsden-awards-2017/

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View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 11/20/2017 - 8:00pm by Emma Vanderpool.

The SCS Outreach Prize Committee has awarded the 2017 Outreach Prize to Professor Roberta Stewart of Dartmouth College for her work in developing book discussion groups on the Homeric poems with military veterans. Professor Stewart's long-running initiative is now a major collaborative project of Dartmouth College and New Hampshire Humanities, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Award Citation

Even in today's busy, noisy, and self-absorbed world, the passionate, quiet, and selfless work of the individual does not remain unnoticed. We are proud to offer the 2017 SCS Outreach Prize to Roberta Stewart for her tireless pursuit of healing and social justice (in New Hampshire and Vermont) through engaging veterans in reading and discussing Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. By teaching them how to appropriate the two epics as living texts, she has given veterans, as one of them put it, the controlling voice in processing their experiences and their Odyssean stories of homecoming in particular.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Sun, 11/19/2017 - 8:40pm by Helen Cullyer.

Contributed by Professor Jamie Romm, Bard College:

William (Bill) Mullen, professor of classics at Bard College, died suddenly on Nov. 2, 2 days before he would have turned 71.

Bill earned his B.A. degree from Harvard and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.  His doctoral dissertation was titled “Pindar’s Aeginetans,” a study of the odes for Aeginetan victors. Bill published a book on Pindar, "Choreia: Pindar and Dance," (Princeton 1982), in which he made a bold attempt to reimagine the choreography of the danced epinician poems.

Bill was beloved of many students at Bard in the 32 years he taught there, and built the college's Classics program virtually ex nihilo. He came to Bard as associate professor of classics in 1985, after earlier stints at Boston University and St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.   He was a devotee of oral recitation of ancient verse and participated actively in The Readers of Homer, a nonprofit organization that sponsors audience-participation readings of the Homeric epics. In 2013–14, he served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy, an honor of which he was particularly proud. 

View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam on Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:38pm by Helen Cullyer.

This is a reminder that the deadline to fill out the registration form for the Career Networking Event is November 22nd.

This event is only open to those who pre-register for it.

To sign up, fill out this form before the 22nd, and be sure to direct any questions to info@classicalstudies.org

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CLEISTHENES WORKSHOP
 
on Ancient Greek Thought and Practices from Homer to Plato
 
April 5th (2 pm) – 6th (5pm), 2018 in Besançon, France.
Scientific Committee : Michel Fartzoff, Karin Mackowiak, Arnaud Macé
Logiques de l'Agir EA 2274 & Institut des sciences et techniques de l'Antiquité EA 4011
 
CALL FOR PAPERS.
 
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