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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Please note the upcoming conference on “Time and Eternity: The Conception of Time in Archaic Greek Literature” (University of Virginia, 22-24 September 2017).

Organizers:
Jenny Strauss Clay (Virginia), jsc2t@virginia.edu; Athanassios Vergados (Newcastle), athanassios.vergados@ncl.ac.uk;Anke Walter (Rostock), anke.walter@uni-rostock.de

For the program, see the conference website:

http://classics.virginia.edu/conference-time-and-eternity-conception-tim...

For inquiries and registration (free), please e-mail mbp3cf@virginia.edu or one of the organizers

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View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:34am by Erik Shell.

The deadline for submission of papers to certain sessions of the annual conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) has been extended to June 26. Papers are still needed for the Classics/Latin, Classics/Greek and Classics/Reception sessions. The conference will be held in Honolulu HI from November 10-12. Please see the website:

http://www.pamla.org/annual-conferences
 

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View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:30am by Erik Shell.

The twenty-first biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies will take place 8–10 March 2018 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2017; for submission guidelines or to submit an abstract, please go to http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfp.

Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400. Further details are available at the conference website.

The Conference is held on the campus of New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which will offer tours arranged for conference participants. Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, food, art and music. Average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F (25C) and a low of 57F (14C).

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:00am by Erik Shell.

Earlier this year SCS President Georgia Nugent issued a Presidential Letter on the Trump administration's budget blueprint that proposed elimination of many educational and cultural agencies including the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The administration's full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, published yesterday, is in line with the earlier blueprint.  It calls for the shutdown of the NEH and other agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This is still only a proposal. We can expect a long and contested appropriations process. All those in the US who are concerned about these cuts and eliminations can take action by contacting their representatives in Congress.

You can contact your representatives in the House and Senate in the following ways:

1. Make a phone call directly to Congress: All members of Congress can be reached through the US Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:47am by Helen Cullyer.

20th colloquium of the Comité international de paléographie latine on 6-8 September 2017
:  "Scribes and the Presentation of Texts (from Antiquity to ca. 1550)
" at Yale University

Two deadlines are approaching:

First, the blocks of hotel rooms being held at the New Haven Hotel and Courtyard by Marriott will not be available after 15 June 2017 at the reduced room rates.  And please be aware that New Haven is a small city with a limited availability of rooms and little in the way of public transportation.

Secondly, in order to plan for the colloquium, registration will close on 1 August 2017.

For further information on the Colloquium see:

http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/LatinPaleography2017

The conference organizers encourage you to register and to book your room reservations at your earliest convenience if you have not done so already.

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View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 05/23/2017 - 8:08am by Erik Shell.

Southeast boundary marker of the Tritopatreion

Attic Inscriptions Online (AIO) presents translations of Attic inscriptions alongside cross-references to Greek texts, images, and notes. The website is the creation of Stephen Lambert and is affiliated with the Europeana Eagle Project. As of March 2017, AIO contains over 1,000 inscriptions with the eventual aim to provide translations of the 20,000+ inscriptions originating from Athens and Attica. The majority of the translations are by Lambert himself, with the remaining texts translated by a team of collaborators.

The majority of translations on the site come from the most recent IG II3 publications focusing on laws and decrees from the fourth to the second centuries BCE, with a gradually increasing number of notable inscriptions from the fifth century BCE. At present, there is little coverage of the archaic or imperial periods, although one imagines that this will change as the site continues to grow (information on how inscriptions are prioritized for inclusion can be found in the About section of the site).

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00am by Alan Sheppard.

Topic:  A classical “Wonder Woman” appearing out of her native context to save the day

The backstory of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman is heavily inspired by characters, places, and events from classical mythology.  DC’s Wonder Woman is portrayed as appearing in a variety of different places and times in history, all while maintaining her essential identity as the Amazon Princess Diana.  Entries for this contest should take a “Wonder Woman” from classical history, mythology, or literature and come up with some pretext for setting her in a place and time outside of her native one.  In that new context, this “Wonder Woman” should use her “super” powers/skills that are apparent from her portrayals in the classical world to solve some problem that was confounding the people of her new context.
 
This contest is open to any student enrolled full-time in high school (anywhere in the world) during the current school year. An award of $250.00 will be given to the author of the best entry written in English on the specified theme. The entry may be a short story, a play, a poem, or an original literary work of any other sort.

This contest was established in 1985 by the Department of Classics at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, to honor Bernice L. Fox, to promote the study of Latin and the Classics in high schools, and to recognize the good work of high school students.

Judging

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Fri, 05/19/2017 - 9:50am by Erik Shell.

In Memoriam: Garrett G. Fagan

(Submitted by Stephen Wheeler, Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, The Pennsylvania State University)

The untimely death two months ago of Garrett George Fagan (January 15, 1963 -- March 11, 2017), the Irish-American ancient historian best known for his social histories of Roman bathing and the spectacles of the Roman arena, is a great loss to the community of classical studies. A long-time member of the SCS and AIA, Garrett contributed unstintingly to the programs of the joint annual meetings and promoted a wider public understanding and appreciation of the ancient world. Fellow ancient historians have been deprived of a resourceful collaborator in research projects; students and lifelong learners, of an inspiring teacher.

View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:40am by Erik Shell.

Conversational Ancient Greek

The Polis Institute for Classical Languages, under the sponsorship of the Classical Association of Massachusetts and the Department of Classical and Religious Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, will conduct, for the first time, an intensive, three-week course in active ancient Greek this summer.  The lead instructor will be Prof. Christophe Rico of the Polis Institute.

The course will take place at Bridgewater State University (June 11th to the 30th), entailing 90 hours of instruction for $1,400 in tuition.  On-campus housing and meals are available.

Prof. James Dobreff (james.dobreff@umb.edu) should be contacted for more information about the program.

For more, see:  sites.google.com/view/activegreek/

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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.

View full article. | Posted in Performances on Tue, 05/16/2017 - 2:06pm by Erik Shell.

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