Faculty to present staged reading of Euripides tragedy
Yale professors will once again step out from behind the lectern and into the spotlight during the 18th annual faculty staged reading, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St.
The event is free and open to the public.
This year’s production will be “Iphigeneia at Aulis,” Euripides’ tragedy about an army general who must decide whether to sacrifice his daughter (Iphigeneia) to a goddess in order to gain favorable winds for a sea voyage to Troy.
“Although ‘Iphigeneia’ has been chosen partly to illuminate the study of Euripides in ‘English 129, Tragedy in the European Tradition,’ it also coincides with two momentous public events: our remembrance of the often willing self-sacrifice of young men in the Great War a century ago; and the more recent embrace of suicide as a religious or political statement,” says Murray Biggs, who edited and will direct the play.
The faculty readers are Professors David Bromwich, Paul Fry, Margaret Homans, Lawrence Manley, Ruth Yeazell, and Merve Emre from the English department; Joshua Billings from the classics department; and Toni Dorfman from the theater studies program. The cast will also feature three undergraduates, including Miranda Rizzolo ‘15 in the title role.