This is one of the rare surviving Greek comedies and will be performed as an elaborate staged reading, April 26 and 27 and May 3 and 4 at 7:30 pm each night. All are at Studio 217; 217 S. Michigan, South Bend (in the old Robertson’s building across from the State Theater).
The Frogs is a literary comedy which was first produced in 405 BC and is still celebrated for its wit and keen commentary on Athenian politics and society. It is one of Aristophanes’ greatest comedies and won the festival in Dionysus that year. It is the last surviving work of “Old Comedy”, most of which has been destroyed over the years, and so is notable because it also represents a passing era of literature. The play tells the story of Dionysis, the god of drama, who goes to Hades to bring Euripides back to the land of the living. A competition between Euripides and his predecessor, Aeschylus, however, convinces Dionysus that Aeschylus is the writer more likely to help Athens in its troubles, and, leaving Euripides behind, Dionysus returns to earth with Aeschylus.
Aristophanes, known as “the Father of Comedy”, was a comin playwright of ancient Athenss who has been said to recreate the life of ancient Athens more convincingly than any other author. Richmond Lattimore was an American poet known for his translations of the Greek classics, especially his versions of the Iliad and Odyssey, which are generally considered as among the best English translations available.
Douglas Streich directs Ruth Andrews, Catherine Borshuk, Janine Felder-Kahn, Judy Spigle and Douglas Streich. A “talk back” session is offered after each show. Tickets are $10, available at http://www.actingensmble.com/box-office or at the door. Advance reservations are recommended.