Ancient Sun, Modern Light

Marianne McDonald
ed. Columbia University Press, 1992

ISBN: 0-231-07654-1

Greek tragedies have often been staged in the modern theatre to comment on contemporary life. In an original, lively exploration of the modern performance and reinterpretation of ancient Greek drama, Ancient Sun, Modern Light by Marianne McDonald examines Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides as performed under the direction of Tadashi Suzuki, Peter Sellars, Tony Harrison, Heiner Müller, Thomas Murphy and Theodoros Terzopoulos.
Ancient Greek plays are timeless because of their adaptability. Precise reworkings of these dramas make them extremely responsive to modern demands. The enduring appeal of Greek tragedy is its celebration of the redemptive power of individual human suffering, McDonald concludes.
(from the flap)