Sophocles Laocöon at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

after the wooden horseis brought into the citythe Trojans celebratedbelieving the war over A sacrifice to Poseidonfor removing the Greekswith Laocoōna priest of Poseidonordered to carry it out Cassandra and Laocoönwarn of the impending dangerwithin the horsewith Laocoön sinning against the godsby attacking the horse with a spear two serpents appearnamed Porces and Chariboea(the Greek poet…

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….

16th c. Costume Studies for Sophocles’ “Oedipus Tyrannus”

Paolo Veronese (Italian, 1528 – 1588) created these costume studies in preparation for the inaugural production of Sophocles’ tragic play Oedipus Tyrannus at the Teatro Olimpico in Verona, which took place March 1585. Although he was not credited as the play’s costume designer, the designs on this sheet were apparently consulted and incorporated. Inscriptions on…

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…

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…

Euripides, Cretans, Picasso Pasiphae

Cretans Inspiration…

Inspiration for a future site responsive theatre production of Euripides Cretans. Inspiration for a site specific theatre production of Euripides’ Cretans. The Cretan and Spartan laws were found to be faulty because they did not permit their subjects to taste the greatest pleasures. […] The pleasures of banquets are drinking and singing. In order to…

Thaleia

Women of Aetna (A.4)

Thaleia, a Sicilian nymph daughter of Hephaestus made pregnant by Zeus she is then swallowed up by the earth the women of Aetna wander the land in search of her Thaleia’s twin offspring emerge from below ground and are named the Palici The Fragment… A So what name will mortals give them? B Zeus ordains…