Ancient Greeks, Modern Lives Features Famed Acting Group

By: From TSCPL, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From TSCPL, Posted by Ralph Hipp

TOPEKA LIBRARY -- "Ancient Greeks/ Modern Lives: Poetry–Drama–Dialogue" marks the 3rd heralded return of New York City’s acclaimed Aquila Theatre performing staged readings of Greek classics at the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library March 1st.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is one of only 100 libraries and centers across the nation to host a grant-funded program of "Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: A National Conversation." This is a travelling, humanities program focused on inspiring people to come together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life.

This week's program, on Thursday, March 1st will be performed at 7pm inside TSCPL's Marvin Auditorium. The famed Aquila Theatre troupe will perform staged readings of scenes from Homer’s Odyssey, Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Euripides’ Heracles and Sophocles’ Ajax, followed by a town hall-style discussion led by Dr. Pamela Gordon, University of Kansas.

The Ancient Greeks/ Modern Lives Book Discussions, moderated by Dr. Pamela Gordon of KU, will then be held every Friday in March from 1:00 to 3:00pm those days.

You can join in the discussion of Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus and Electra, The Phoenician Women, The Bacchae, and Iphigenia at Aulis. Books are provided. Call 580-4608 to make arrangements to pick yours up. All book discussions held in Anton Room, except Friday, March 9th. That discussion will be held in the Hughes Room.

This program unites the assets of the Aquila Theater Company, the Urban Libraries Council, the American Philological Association, the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University and the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC.

Aquila Theatre’s mission is to bring the greatest theatrical works to the greatest number.

By presenting a regular season of plays in New York, at international festivals, and touring to approximately seventy American towns and cities a year, Aquila provides access to excellent theatre for people in under-served rural and inner city communities.

More information at

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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