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Breaking the Mould: Reinventing Theatrical Syntax in Classic Plays

This project explored the idea that classic theatrical texts ought to be staged in the ways with which we have become used to them being staged; how a dramaturgical approach to classic plays which values theatricality over realism can allow us to look at such plays with fresh eyes; and performative ways in which the subtexts of these plays might be made overt.

To do this, Edward Franklin recruited an ensemble of actors and theatre-makers who worked with him to explore several such texts: Miller’s All My Sons, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Euripides’ Medea. Each of the plays are connected to a theatrical context: mid-century American realism, nineteenth century Naturalism and Greek tragedy. The ensemble explored to what extent these stylistic contexts are necessary and helpful in creating a production of these plays which speak to us today.