Theatre Season Opens with 2000-Year-Old Comedy

October 06 2016
Category: The Arts

Elements Gibson Theatre

Frogs, Greek Gods, Bacchants, monsters and many more make their appearance upon Elmira College’s Gibson Theatre stage from October 13 through the 16 as Aristophanes The Frogs opens the 2016-2017 Theatre Season.

In the year 406 B.C., both Aeschylus and Euripides (the last of Greece’s great playwrights) died. If one is to believe Aristophanes, the theatre was in a sad state. No worthy playwrights had stepped into the void created by these deaths. In The Frogs, Dionysus (the God of theatre, fertility, wine, and rebirth) decides to descend to the Underworld to bring one of the lost playwrights back to the world above. Along the way, he and his put-upon slave Xantheus encounter Heracles, Charon,

Empusa, and Pluto. Pluto, God of the Underworld, will permit Dionysus to return one playwright. But only one. To decide which author to choose, a poetry competition is held. Ultimately Dionysus selects a playwright to return to rescue Greek drama.

A cast of two dozen is featured in The Frogs. Comedy, spectacle, music and dance mix with dramatic criticism in this classic of Greek New Comedy. Performances are scheduled Thursday, October 13 - Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m. with a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. All seats are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations will be accepted.

For additional information, contact the Elmira College Theatre Department at 607-735-1981.