This is a three minute staging of the Greek drama called Prometheus Bound - featuring choral songs and dances, and Peter Arnott’s translation.
The complete staging is available on DVD at www.MacMillanFilms.com
Now, on the surface this is a story about two Gods. But – what’s important here is that this is a lesson in power politics.
Zeus is the all-powerful tyrant – Prometheus is powerless. The drama opens with Hephaestus - with two stupid titans, named appropriately Strength and Violence – hammering Prometheus in place to punish him.
Prometheus is then visited by many who have already bowed to Zeus’s power. Soon the god of the ocean – Oceanus himself – visits to explain how real power politics work.
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In which John Green teaches you about one of the least family-friendly family dramas in the history of family dramas, Oedipus Rex. Sophocles' most famous play sees it's main character, who seems like he's got it all together, find out that he's killed his father, married his mother, had a bunch of incest children, and brought a plague down on his adopted hometown. He doesn't take this news well. John touches on all the classic Oedipus themes, including hamartia, fate, and the wrath of the gods, and even gets into some Freud, although Oedipus was notably not a sufferer of an Oedipus complex. In any case get ready for mystery, incest, bird entrails, and self-inflicted blindness. Very dramatic.
Francesco Andolfi- Prometheus
Scott Freeman- Strength
Lorenzo Pozzan- Hephaestus/Hermes
Oceanus- Taso Mikroulis
Io- Daniele Monterosi
Oceanids- Suzanna Bornn & Rebecca Beberaggi
Directed by Francesco Andolfi
Assistant Directors: Suzanne Bornn and Rebecca Beberaggi
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
New York University
March 15, 2013