Category Archives: Plays

Happy Birthday, Emily

A Book...

Photo by Delphine Devos, used from Flickr with Creative Commons license

 

Photo displayed on Flickr with the following Emily Dickinson poem:

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul! Continue reading

Lakeside Shakespeare for Culture Travel Tuesday

Culture Travel Tuesday

Lakeside Shakespeare Theater poster

Lakeside Shakespeare Theater poster

Destination: Michigan

Cultural Event: Outdoor Theatre with Lakeside Shakespeare

By Jessica Voigts

A warm summer evening, hawks gliding by above the trees, lawn chairs and blankets, wine and munchies, good friends, music, and Much Ado. It is the best of outdoor summer theatre, and it happens every year in Frankfort, Michigan, a small artsy town located on the Sunset Coast of Lake Michigan. Continue reading

Greece on Stage for the Traveler

Yesterday it was mythology in a book, today myths strut on the stage.

Destination: Greece

Read/See:

Medea, by Euripides (Legend of Jason and the Golden Fleece)

Oedipus and Antigone, two plays by Sophocles, (Legends from the Royal Family of Thebes)

In a graduate school seminar, I became fixated on traveling to Greece.  The professor showed a series of slides of Greek theaters, each setting more spectacular than the last.

Delphi Theater photographed by "greekgeek"

Delphi Theater photographed by "greekgeek"

Finally, he came to Delphi.  I can still see that picture in my mind, and to me, Delphi is the 2nd most important “must see” for the Greek tourist, right after the Parthenon.

On my first trip to Greece, a Smithsonian-sponsored bus tour, I mentioned to our guide that I had recently played the nurse in a production of Medea.  She said, “We are going to Epidaurus tomorrow. Would you like to speak your lines?” Would I?  Even more than breakfasting on yogurt with honey and walnuts!

Epidaurus, the sanctuary of Asclepios, founder of medicine, sits in a quiet grove of pines, a landscape that quickly cures whatever is ailing you. The theater, unearthed from under those trees on a hillside and reassembled, has perfect acoustics.  To test the way that sound carries, my new friends on the tour scattered themselves around the top rows of limestone seats which help carry the sound as clear as a bell. The enormous theater once seated 15,000 people. Continue reading