Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Open Thread, 9/5/12

This post is an open thread—please feel free to add comments, questions, anything.  This is the place to start putting in your observations and responses to the videos.  There have been almost 750 views, in 4 days! People in Finland, Norway, Ireland, Iran, South Korea, Vietnam, Greece, Argentina, Spain, and other nations, have been tuning in to check out the scenes. 

What are you doing with your classes this semester?  Is anybody bringing masks into the classroom? Is anybody planning to stage a Roman comedy?  Chris Woodworth mentioned the idea of fringe festivals—any interest?

Comment away—this is the place to start sharing ideas, questions, resources, and to start our conversations.  


  1. I am teaching Roman Comedy (Terence Andria and Plautus Casina). Got cheap masks (thanks Sharon for the link) and have a variety of 'it's not a text it's a script' exercises for class. I'll also be showing them some of the videos...


    1. Sounds great—can't wait to hear more about it. If anybody else is interested, here's the link for the cheap masks:

      This company has lots of different kinds of masks. The white ones can be decorated. Jeanne, didn't you get a fancy courtesan's mask?

  2. Chris Bungard and I organized a panel that has been for next year's CAMWS conference in Iowa City. Entitled "Beyond the OCT: Reflections on the NEH Summer Institute on Roman Comedy in Performance," it features papers from such illustrious NEH alumni/ae as Nancy Sultan ("Pseudolus at the Ludi Megalenses: Re-creating Roman Comedy in Context"), Meredith Safran ("Devised Theater and Metatheater: The “Actor” as Commentator on Roman Comedy"), Sophie Klein ("'There are no small parts, only small actors': Spotlighting the Mute
    Characters of Roman Comedy"), Daniel Walin with Chris Bungard ("Silent and Boisterous Slaves: Considerations in Staging Pseudolus 133-234"), and Mike Lippman and me ("A Mask is Worth a Thousand Words"). We can't wait for our mini-reunion!

  3. This sounds so great! I bet you'll get a big crowd. You'll be the hit of CAMWS.

  4. Showed bits from the three Mercator scenes in class last week to show that Cleostrata in Casina could be played as angry or sad. It was great. Thursday I'm showing the sorting scene from Casina.