bird returns every morning to devour the liver. Prometheus, though he knowsthe tortuous uture that awaits him, accepts his ate, and does not reveal theprophecy to Zeus.In Aeschylus’
, while Prometheus is on the rock Io, who hasbeen turned into a cow by Zeus and set upon by gadies by Hera so that she ischased all over the world, happens by. Prometheus tells Io o where she must goto nally get relie rom her tortures and tells her that the many places she passesthrough on her journey or relie will be named ater her.
Peter Handke: Austrian, 1949-present
ocus more on language and sound than on the stagepicture. They are largely non-narrative and lack dened characters. Instead,language is presented in a owing ormat using simple and powerul sentences.As audiences listen to the sentences as intently as Handke intends (through hisexperiments in sound), what appear initially to be simple explorations o grammaror mere sound, oten become very pointed statements about the nature o societyand reality. In
burst into ames, laugh like children
, we use Handke’s techniquesto explore our own relation to the work we have done and to allow you to exploreyour relation to your own expectations and to our actual work.
Laurie Carlos: American, 1949-present
In the play
White Chocolate or My Father
, Carlos explores the diasporic historybetween her great-great grandmother who was buried neck high on the shores o Arica to her mother in America, who was incapable o helping her as a result o thesame colonization and violence. In her play she uses rhythm, song, and gestures togive voice to the childhood trauma she experienced as a result o these perpetuatedcycles o violence. Though Carlos’ play is autobiographical, the students in theCarlos group drew rom the story o Prometheus and Pandora to explore what kindso lessons we may be taught as children about curiosity and helping one anotherthat, in their own way, perpetuate a orm o violence.
Bertolt Brecht: German, 1889-1956
There are ew areas o modern theatrical culture that have not elt the impactor inuence o Brecht’s ideas and practices. Brecht tried to always provoke hisaudience to think critically, instead o identiying with emotions or characters onstage. One o Brecht’s most important principles was the
,deamiliarization eect, “stripping the event o its sel-evident, amiliar, obviousquality and creating a sense o astonishment and curiosity”. This piece takes aterThe Elephant Cal, in that it eatures a arcical judicial system in which power playsovercome logic.a “git”: beauty, grace, ne clothes;but also unquenchable curiosity anddeceitulness, so she would always betrouble or man. The gods named herPandora, or “git to all”. Zeus oeredPandora to Epimetheus as a wie, andEpimetheus accepted her, despitePrometheus’ warning to not accept anygits rom Zeus. The gods also gaveto Epimetheus and Pandora a large jar(later mistranslated as box), and askedthem to hold onto it or saekeeping.Beore long, Pandora heard whisperscoming rom the jar. One day, when shecould resist her gods-given curiosity nolonger, she opened the jar, and out o the jar escaped Sickness, Pain, Suering,and all the bad things which haveplagued mankind ever since. Only onething remained in the jar by the time shemanaged to put the lid back on: Hope.Ever since, man has had to toil or breadto survive and suers the duration o histime on earth.In some versions o the story, manbecomes increasingly evil with eachgeneration and Zeus chooses to destroyall mankind in a ood. Only Pyrrah(Prometheus’ daughter) and Decucalion(Epimetheus’ son) survive the ood.They win the avor o Zeus becausethey are pious, and thereore survive torepopulate the earth.For Prometheus’ punishment, Zeusorders Hephaestus to bind him to arock. While bound, Prometheus revealsthat he has seen Zeus’s successor. Zeussends Hermes to demand Prometheusreveal the mother o the son who willoverthrow him. However, Prometheusreuses, and in retaliation Zeus sends abird o prey (a vulture or eagle dependingon the version) to eat Prometheus’ liver.Since Prometheus is an immortal, hisliver regrows during the night, and the
In Greek mythology, it has been writtenthat the brother Titans Prometheus,“orethought”, and Epimetheus,“aterthought”, were tasked withcreating all the creatures on the Earth.Epimetheus rashly gave all the best traitsto the other animals, so when the timecame to create man, having no othergits let, Prometheus ormed him romclay in the image o the gods.There are two stories concerningPrometheus’ trickery o Zeus andthe wrath that ollowed. In the earlydays, man was immortal and all wasprovided or man by the gods. However,Prometheus thought man, being madein the image o the gods, deserved tohave the power o re, which the godsselshly kept or themselves. Prometheusplaced re in a ennel stalk, hid it in hisbosom, and took it to man. Zeus soonperceived an unusual light on the Earthand discovered the thet. In someversions, Prometheus’ thet o resymbolizes his gits o learning,mathematics, and technology.The second trick occurred during therst sacrice to the gods. Prometheusslaughtered an ox and made two dierentoerings. One contained all the best cuts,hidden under skin and entrails. The otherwas all the bones and other unsavorybits, but was wrapped in glisteningat. He then asked Zeus which one hepreerred and Zeus chose the portionthat looked best: the one covered withat. Thereater, only bones and at wereburned on altars dedicated to Zeus, andman kept the better portions.Ater being tricked twice, Zeus vowed topunish both mankind and Prometheus.As mankind’s punishment, Zeusordered all the gods to create therst woman. Each god also gave her