Presentation Title

Dramaturgy and Euripides' Medea

Author(s)

Sarah KikerFollow

Presentation Type

Poster

Keywords

dramaturgy, Medea, Euripides, theatre arts, theatre history, Greek mythology, Greek theatre, Pepperdine Theatre Program, dramatic criticism, theatre and preformance studies

Department

Theater Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Abstract

The purpose of my work with the Pepperdine production of Euripides’ Medea was not only to prepare and produce a modern piece of Greek theatre but also to personally investigate the role of a dramaturg. Dramaturgy incorporates the intersection of theatre, history, and literature into onstage productions. Production dramaturgs aim to understand the play and the world surrounding it, then establish connections between the text, the cast and crew, and the audience. As the dramaturg for Medea, I was a part of the entire process of this production from early research to performances. Some of the work I did included textual analysis, translation comparison, research concerning social roles in ancient Greece, utilizing Greek theatrical practices for modern audiences, and preparing a dramaturgy packet for the actors. Through this process, I learned how a dramaturg functions in a production environment and prepared myself for future dramaturgical work.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Bradley Griffin

Funding Source or Research Program

Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative, Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Location

Waves Cafeteria

Start Date

23-3-2018 2:00 PM

End Date

23-3-2018 3:30 PM

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Dramaturgy and Euripides' Medea

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The purpose of my work with the Pepperdine production of Euripides’ Medea was not only to prepare and produce a modern piece of Greek theatre but also to personally investigate the role of a dramaturg. Dramaturgy incorporates the intersection of theatre, history, and literature into onstage productions. Production dramaturgs aim to understand the play and the world surrounding it, then establish connections between the text, the cast and crew, and the audience. As the dramaturg for Medea, I was a part of the entire process of this production from early research to performances. Some of the work I did included textual analysis, translation comparison, research concerning social roles in ancient Greece, utilizing Greek theatrical practices for modern audiences, and preparing a dramaturgy packet for the actors. Through this process, I learned how a dramaturg functions in a production environment and prepared myself for future dramaturgical work.