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Oedipus in Fort Mason Chapel

The staged reading of Oedipus happened last night in Fort Mason Chapel for SF International Arts Festival … I’m biased but i thought it was marvelous and more than anything I’m in awe of the incredible effort intelligence, humor and grace of my collaborators in this all too brief adventure thank you Muriel Maffre, John Warren…

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Sopohocles’ Nausicaä Perfromance

The Iota and The Chocolate Heads present Sophocles’ lost drama Nausicaä… Afternoon, July 10th, Half Moon Bay Only a few fragments remain from Sophocles original play which was presumably based upon the fifth and sixth books of the Odyssey. The Fragment… …to weave robes and tunics made of linen… The wave passed me by then…

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rehearsing Sophocles Nausicaä

  Poseidon vs. Odysseus “Poseidon god of the earthquake launched a colossal wave, terrible, murderous, arching over him, pounding down on him, hard as a windstorm blasting piles of dry parched chaff, scattering flying husks…” The Odyssey, trans. Robert Fagles Sophocles Nausicaä rehearsal with The Chocolate Heads in Stanford Theater and Performance Studies‘ Prosser Studio

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Sophocles’ Nausicaä at Pillar Point

The Production… At 1:08 p.m. on July 10th, 2016 we performed a site specific production of Sophocles lost drama Nausicaä at Pillar Point The weather was sunny with a temperature of 72℉ The duration of the performance was 65 minutes for an audience of 37 Aleta Hayes, Jamie Lyons, Judy Syrkin-Nikolau, Benjamin Cohn, performance art…

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Sophocles Unattributed Fragment #110 At San Gregorio

The Production… At 3:57 p.m. on December 23rd, 2015 I performed a site specific production of an unattributed fragment of Sophocles in San Gregorio with eight dead fish on a fence The weather was partly cloudy with a temperature of 52℉ The duration of the performance was two and a half minutes for an audience…

Aeschylus’ The Argo At San Francisco Maritime

based on Aeschylus’ The Argo adapted and directed by Jamie Lyons The early stages of the Argonaut expedition perhaps even its very beginning The Argo was constructed by the shipwright Argus with the help of Athena In her prow a piece of timber from the sacred forest of Dodona spoke prophecies In the end Argo…

Aeschylus’ Glaucus of Potniae (A.1) at Golden Gate Fields

The Play… Glaucus reared his horse on human flesh so as to make her fiercer she ultimately turns on Glaucus as he violates the order of nature Location… Golden Gate Fields was originally Rancho San Antonio owned by José Domingo Peralta Peralta sold it in July 1852 to John Fleming who used it as a…

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Euripides Unidentified Fragment (E.266) At Aquatic Park

based on Euripides’ fragments adapted and directed by Jamie Lyons with Val Sinkler & Jamie Freebury The Fragment… No man’s friend stays faithful to his tomb. Location… In 1902, it became illegal to bury new bodies in the city By 1921, the bodies were being moved en masse to Colma By 1941 nearly all of…

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Sophocles’ Sinon at The Emeryville Mudflats

based on Sophocles’ fragments adapted and directed by Jamie Lyons performed by Todd Pivetti The Play… left behind by the departing Greeks Sinon pretending to be a companion of Palamedes whom the Greeks sacrificed wins the confidence of the Trojans convincing them the Wooden Horse is merely an offering to Athena yet – if the…

Aeschylus’ Daughters of the Sun (A.20) At Año Nuevo

adapted and directed by Jamie Lyons performed by Jamie Lyons location: Año Nuevo State Park The Play… the story of how Phaëthon meet his death while attempting to drive his father’s chariot through the sky. “his sisters through their grief were transformed into poplar trees, and how every year by the banks of the River Eridanus,…

James Baldwin: “Take This Hammer” (1963)

“There is no moral distance between the facts of life in San Francisco and the facts of life in Birmingham.” In the summer of 1963, the KQED Film Unit invited author James Baldwin to investigate racism in San Francisco. Baldwin agreed to be filmed while he scrutinized the liberal, cosmopolitan image projected by the city….

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The Mechanics Monument by Douglas Tilden

In April of 1937, in a demonstration that ‘Athletic dance was the future sport of American men”. Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers performed at The Mechanics Monument by Douglas Tilden. The sculpture, located at the intersection of Market, Bush and Battery Streets in San Francisco, was dedicated on May 15, 1901. President Theodore Roosevelt…

Russian Site Specific Theatre in the 1920s

Photographs by Alexander Grinberg (1885-1979,) one of the most respected Russian photographers of the 20th c. His prestige was on the rise throughout the 1920s until 1929 when, under the storm of the cultural revolution the “old school” of Soviet photography came under fire as “depraved”, and Grinberg fell out of favor. His photography was…

Sophocles’ Polyxene (S.77)

the Ghost of Achilles appears warning the Greeks to postpone their departure prophesying disastrous consequences a quarrel develops between Agamemnon and Menelaus resulting in the departure of Menelaus while Agamemnon remains to sacrifice Polyxena The Fragment… MENELAUS Do you remain here somewhere in the land of Ida and round up the flocks of Olympus for…

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Showcase of work so far…

as part of the Collected Works‘ Franconia Performance Salon at the Museum of Performance + Design we’ll be showing the documentation of our performances Saturday, June 27th, 6:30pm @ MP+D 893B Folsom St. San Francisco work to be shown will include… Aeschylus’ Daughters of the Sun Sophocles’ Sinon and Aeschylus’ Glaucus of Pontiae A presentation…

Pasiphaë

Denials from me will no longer convince you; for the facts are now quite clear. If I had thrown myself at a man in love’s furtive commerce, I should rightly now be revealed as lascivious. As it is, because my madness was a god’s onslaught, I hurt, but my trouble is not voluntary. Why, it…

Aeschylus’ Ixion

Gods and men alike were horrified by Ixon’s murder of his father-in-law Deïoneus none were willing to purify him Zeus took pity on him not only purified him but took him to heaven Ixion, in turn, committed the ultimate hybris by attempting to seduce Hera (Zeus deceived him into lying instead with a cloud in…