Wednesday’s arrival of costumes created some excitement among the cast and crew of “Phaedra” on the Mississippi State campus. The Greek tragedy by Seneca is in final stages of rehearsal for presentation Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 27-28 in the Griffis Hall Courtyard in Zacharias Village on campus. Performances begin at 6 p.m.; entertainment starts at 5:45 p.m. Admission is free.
As she has in years past, Dr. Donna Clevinger again directs the theatrical production that is part of the Shackouls Honors College Classical Week 2016 at MSU. Classical Week celebrates Greek, Roman and other cultures of the ancient world. The play is also part of the university’s Lyceum Series season.
Phaedra is an interdisciplinary project between Louisiana State University and MSU, explained Clevinger, who is professor of Communication and Theatre and senior faculty fellow of the Honors College.
“Dr. Wilford Major in the Foreign Languages and Literatures-Classics Department at LSU serves as dramaturg and I as production director,” she said. “He provided me with scripts, I selected a translation by Scott Smith, and we began to edit it in March to make it playable for our audiences and in the time allotted.” A contingent of Major’s students from his honors class at LSU will visit MSU this week for one of the performances.
“The information gathered through our process together will be one of the programs featured at the National Collegiate Honors Conference later this year,” Clevinger noted.
The public is invited to bring a dinner, if desired, to the open-air performances and chairs or blankets for seating.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.
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