Aquila Theatre Company: Cyrano de Bergerac
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Snell Theater at 7:30 pm

Beautifully funny, poignant, and often heart wrenching, Cyrano de Bergerac is one of the most famous romantic adventures in world literature. Cyrano is an excellent swordsman from Gascony, a region of France famous for producing stubborn, courageous and grandiose soldiers. The Aquila Theatre will bring its considerable skill and experience in producing innovative and exciting renditions of classical theatre to this superb European play. The New Yorker has called the performance “beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect.”

Aquila Theater Company
Ancient Greeks Modern Lives

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Community Room, Trinity Episcopal Church
Fall Island, Potsdam

Free Admission! No Tickets Required. First-come-first-serve Basis.

Staged Reading and Post-Reading Discussion · 6:30 – 8 pm
The staged reading event will include a repertoire of selections from Greek drama such as: Homer’s Odyssey, Sophocles’ Ajax, Euripides’ Herakles, and Aeschylus’ Agamemnon. The event will feature five professional actors, will last approximately ninety minutes, and will include an introduction, performed readings, a post-show discussion, including audience comments.

After the staged reading, the program scholar will lead a town-hall style discussion encouraging audience members to share their impressions and experience guided by the scholar. Participants will see the reading of artistically enriching classical plays and also gain experience in how to watch, appreciate and participate as a modern audience member viewing an ancient Greek play.

Mask Acting Workshop · 8 – 9 pm
Participants do not have to have any acting experience and they can opt to watch rather than participate. The masterclass will last approximately one hour, followed by discussion and will explore the program themes connecting modern life with the ancient Greeks and incorporating masks, movement and performance. Participation is limited to 30 people. Spots will be assigned on a first-come-first-sever basis the evening of the event.

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue is a program that has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.
Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.