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CC 223 : Stagings
Introduction Troupes Guidelines Schedule

To compare the sensibilities of ancient and modern audience, students must approach the plays from the inside out, becoming not only readers but also interpreters and performers of comedy — a step essential for the Semester Project.




Professor Curley will divide class will be divided into troupes of five or six by Thursday, February 4. Every effort will be made to ensure that troupes are balanced in terms of students' experience.

Troupe Alpha:

Caan, Grant, Machiels, Olinger, Russell, Walsh [email this troupe]

Troupe Beta:

Furst, Graver, Magee, Phipps, Scaperdas [email this troupe]

Troupe Gamma:

Geary, Levine, Monaco, Rueda, White [email this troupe]


Each troupe will offer two stagings over the course of the semester. A staging will consist of an in-class performance of one sequence from the comedy we are currently reading (see Schedule, below). "Sequence" means a continuous run of lines, typically (but not always) within an episode or a choral ode, that yield a performance of 5–7 minutes.

Your troupe should meet well in advance of each staging to decide which sequence to perform. Choose one that best reflects the themes of the play at large, perhaps from an episode or a choral ode. Next, decide how those themes can be highlighted through staging. Finally, the troupe should rehearse the sequence as often as necessary to ensure a smooth presentation in class. Costumes, masks, and props are encouraged.

Note that no one is beholden to the text or the stage directions of our translations.  Your troupe might decide to change the text or adopt another translation. Similarly, your staging may be as faithful or as modern as you see fit. The point is to find the mode of performance that best communicates the issues of the play.

Hopefully your staging will open the door to lively classroon discussion. At very least, your troupe should be prepared to describe the rationale behind the choice of sequence and its staging.

Two final notes. First, if your troupe chooses a scene with not enough speaking roles to go around, it is still important for all members of the group to participate in the staging. Second, those with speaking roles are encouraged in the most violent and animated terms possible to memorize their lines. Reading from the script, however lively, tends to be distracting. Troupes with their noses stuck in a book will be graded accordingly.


All stagings will be held in our classroom on select Tuesdays. Each troupe will have 7 minutes maximum to perform its sequence. This time limit will be strictly observed, so troupes should rehearse carefully.

Troupe Staging 1 Staging 2
Alpha Feb. 16: Wasps Mar. 29: Girl from Samos
Beta Feb. 23: Lysistrata Apr. 5: Rope
Gamma Mar. 1: Ion Apr. 19: Brothers
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