play thirty two: anne carson on the importance of tragedy

Today was my third reading of Hekabe (Euripides; school assignment). Rather than submitting you to another report on it here is the first page of Anne Carson’s introduction of ‘Grief Lessons’. She is everything. Why does tragedy exist? Because you are full of rage. Why are you full or rage? Because you are full of grief….

play eleven: the caucasian chalk circle

Author: Bertolt Brecht Translator: James and Tania Stern with W.H. Auden Synopsis: to make sure we never get too close, the primary narrative is presented as a play-within-a-play. Soviet peasants in dispute over land abandoned by retreating Nazi forces tell the story of young servant woman Grusha Vashnadze and how she saves the life of child…

play five: agamemnon

Author: Aeschylus Translator: David Grene and Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty Published: 458BC Synopsis: The Chorus and Clytemnestra clamour for the return of her husband and king, Agamemnon, from his victory in the Trojan War. However, a pall is cast as his death at Clytemnestra’s hands is increasingly foreshadowed. It is prophesied by Cassandra (the Trojan princess…

play one: hecuba

Playwright: Euripides Published: c. 424 BC Translator: William Arrowsmith Synopsis: A tragedy set before the Greek forces depart after the sacking of Troy. Trojan Queen Hecuba, wife of Priam, has been reduced to servitude. Her daughter Polyxena is sacrificed by Odysseus and Agamemnon to appease the ghost of Achilles, who has immobilised their fleet. Hecuba’s…