Empowered Women: #MeToo in Greek Tragedy by Carey Perloff
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Terracotta, ca. 400 B.C.E., Attributed to the Policoro Painter, Lucanian
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Join us on Saturday afternoon for a special play; Empowered Women: #MeToo in Greek Tragedy by Carey Perloff.
Men dominated the world of Greek tragedy as playwrights, actors, and spectators. But if ancient Greek drama addresses issues that are usually male-related (heroes and rulers involved in conflicts, politics, and war), it is left to female characters, despite their marginalized position in society, to question, challenge, and even disrupt the social, cultural, and political norms set up by their male counterparts.
Medea is a scorned and betrayed woman/wife and resorts to sorcery (another marginal activity) to concoct her escape and revenge. Carey Perloff directs a rehearsed reading of Euripides’ Medea to examine the unpalatable truths about humanity which continue to confront us, and the ways in which the worst can overtake the best in people when the situation is extreme enough.
This program is underwritten by Dr. and Mrs. Bernard von Bothmer
Free after General Admission. Every Saturday, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offers FREE general admission tickets to all residents of the six Bay Area counties.
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