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ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA IN CYPRUS The Office of International Education at Marquette

Program Overview:

Program Overview Location Nicosia, Cyprus Dates June 17-July 7, 2012 Course 3-credits – Ancient Greek Drama: Theory into Practice Faculty Leaders Professor Debra Krajec, Marquette University James Thomas Bailey, ComedySportz LA

Deb Krajec & James Bailey:

Deb Krajec & James Bailey

Who is this class for?:

Who is this class for? This is a THEATRE class, centered on studying how Ancient Greek Drama is done today in Cyprus for modern audiences. If you have an interest in drama, performance, theatre production, Greek literature or theatre history, this class may be for you. You do NOT have to be a theatre major to take this course – BUT: all members of this class are expected to be willing to participate in performance workshops

What will we study?:

What will we study? This class will cover historical and cultural contexts of Ancient Greek Drama and how it is put into real productions of plays today in Cyprus in outdoor theatres Improvisational techniques taught by James Bailey of ComedySportz LA – in workshops along with Cypriot students Cyprus as a crossroads in history What it is like to live in a divided country


Cyprus Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily and Sardinia, with an area of 9,251 sq. km (3,572 sq. miles = bigger than Delaware, smaller than Connecticut). It is situated at the north-eastern corner of the Mediterranean, at a distance of 300 km north of Egypt, 105 km west of Syria, and 75 km south of Turkey. Greece lies 380 km to the north-west

About Cyprus:

About Cyprus Cyprus lies at the crossroad of three continents, where the East meets the West. 1 0,000 year history Strong link to Greek history and culture Politically divided since 1974

Proximity to Middle East:

Proximity to Middle East

Cyprus – a divided country:

Cyprus – a divided country

Nicosia – divided city:

Nicosia – divided city Capital of both Northern Cyprus (Occupied Territory) and Republic of Cyprus (south) We’ll stay in Old City inside 16 th C Venetian Walls

Differences between South & North:

Differences between South & North

Republic of Cyprus - south:

Republic of Cyprus - south Greek speaking Greek Orthodox Christians independent country – democratic republic part of European Union Currency = Euro

North Cyprus (Occupied Territory):

North Cyprus (Occupied Territory) Turkish speaking Sunni Muslim (tho pretty secular) Allied with mainland Turkey Not recognized as a country by anyone in world except Turkey Governed by mainland Turkey Currency = Turkish lira

The course has three academic components: :

The course has three academic components: to study the text of a selected Ancient Greek drama and its historical, cultural and literary context to work with theatre practitioners in the study of performance and design of Ancient Greek drama The group will also be shadowing professional theatre rehearsal performances and attending performances at ancient sites. to learn more about the unique social and political contexts of Cyprus through academic study, visits to significant Cypriot cultural sites, and interaction with Cypriot performers through improvisational theatre activities.

Class formats:

Class formats Classroom lectures/discussions with scholars and theatre artists Studio workshops in ancient Greek drama performance & in improvisational techniques Observation of artists in rehearsals and at work behind the scenes Field trips and day long excursions to historical sites in Cyprus Writing and research assignments done on your own

Our partners in Cyprus – T.H.O.C.:

Our partners in Cyprus – T.H.O.C. The Theatre Organization of Cyprus Many of our sessions will be at their facilities in Nicosia and taught by their personnel We will be working with their artists and shadowing rehearsals of their summer production of ELEKTRA


Language Classes will be taught in English If presenters are not English speakers, there will be interpreters to translate Tours will have English speaking tour guides Plays will NOT be in English, so we will have to read them in English beforehand, so we understand them in performance

Use theatre to communicate:

Use theatre to communicate You will be meeting Cypriot artists and getting to know them, and watching them work You will be taking classes with Cypriot students, who may not speak English IMPROV = the great equalizer You will learn how we are alike as theatre artists You will learn how we are different, politically, historically, and culturally

Improv with James Bailey:

Improv with James Bailey These are Turkish Cypriots in Kyrenia

Where will we stay?:

Where will we stay? The Centrum Hotel in the Old City area in Nicosia Newly remodeled Air conditioned Free breakfast Free Internet access Right in center of pedestrian shopping area – close to restaurants and action

Shared rooms w/ twin beds, bath, TV :

Simple and clean hotel Coffee & tea makers and hair dryers in room Shared rooms w/ twin beds, bath, TV

Ledra Street:

Ledra Street South side North Side

Where and what will I eat?:

Where and what will I eat? Breakfast – hotel each morning – free Local tavernas (family restaurants) where you can order family style & share Fast food: Kabobs shops, sandwich shops, pizza Other ethnic restaurants – Middle Eastern, sushi, tapas, French, Italian, seafood, lots of choices in walking distance Great ice cream!! Flavors you’ve never heard of! Pastry shops! They do have American food - McDonald’s, Cinnabon, T.G.I. Friday’s etc.

Every restaurant has their own version of this:

Every restaurant has their own version of this

Fabulous fresh seafood:

Fabulous fresh seafood

Condiments on table for typical Cypriot meal:

Condiments on table for typical Cypriot meal

Turkish bakery in Famagusta:

Turkish bakery in Famagusta

Modern coffee shop on Ledras street:

Modern coffee shop on Ledras street

And there’s always…:

And there’s always…

THOC – Cyprus Theatre Organization:

THOC – Cyprus Theatre Organization State Theatre of Cyprus Founded in 1971 Since 1980, THOC has missed only two annual Epidaurus Festivals, a performance festival that honors Ancient Greek theatre.


Theatre Organization of Cyprus The new theatre building design T.H.O.C.

T.H.O.C. under construction:

T.H.O.C. under construction



Cyprus is full of history -was inhabited and ruled by many:

Cyprus is full of history -was inhabited and ruled by many Ancient prehistoric civilizations Egyptians, Persians Ancient Greeks & Romans Byzantines Crusaders, Knights Templar, Richard the Lion Heart Venetians 16 th century Turks- Ottoman Empire British

Ancient Ruins everywhere!:

Ancient Ruins everywhere!

Roman ruins at Salamis:

Roman ruins at Salamis

Kolossi Castle – 12th century :

Kolossi Castle – 12 th century

Kyrenia Harbor from tower of Kyrenia castle in North:

Kyrenia Harbor from tower of Kyrenia castle in North

Othello’s Castle - Famagusta:

Othello’s Castle - Famagusta

Blocked entrance to Green Zone in Nicosia next to Catholic Church:

Blocked entrance to Green Zone in Nicosia next to Catholic Church



Lots of different styles of architecture:

Lots of different styles of architecture

Cathedral turned mosque in North Nicosia:

Cathedral turned mosque in North Nicosia

Outdoor theatre in Nicosia:

Outdoor theatre in Nicosia

Paphos - Odeon :

Paphos - Odeon

Kourion – theatre overlooking the sea:

Kourion – theatre overlooking the sea

Ancient Theatre at Salamis:

Ancient Theatre at Salamis

Aphrodite’s rock on way to Paphos:

Aphrodite’s rock on way to Paphos



Cyprus looks like desert in some places:

Cyprus looks like desert in some places

Cyprus also is a resort destination:

Cyprus also is a resort destination

Cyprus wine country:

Cyprus wine country

Paphos seafront:

Paphos seafront

Cyprus info you need to know::

Cyprus info you need to know: Is not a dangerous country – even crossing the green line is easy to do w/ passport It is 100 miles away by sea from unrest in Middle East A mixture of old world and new world, of modern resort and ancient villages, of desert and beachfront Is a resort destination for many Europeans; lots of British & Germans retire there MANY people speak English in south! Lots of signs and menus in English Very wonderful, healthy fresh fruit and vegetables, grilled meats Low crime rate in Nicosia Friendly, outgoing, generous people!

Physical requirements:

Physical requirements Must be able to WALK! We will be doing a lot of walking. Most, not all, on relatively level ground. Good walking shoes/sandals a must Hotel and most modern buildings have elevators, but not all – some stairs are required, esp. at historic sites IT. IS. HOT. In June & July. HOT!! Like upper 90’s and humid hot. Sunscreen and hats are VITAL You need to always have a water bottle with you

Cyprus: Summer 2012:

THAR 4951 Ancient Greek Drama in Cyprus: Theory into Practice To recap the basics… Cyprus: Summer 2012

Dates: June 17-July 7:

Dates: June 17-July 7 We depart Sunday June 17, arrive in Cyprus Monday June 18 We depart for home Saturday July 7, arrive home Sunday July 8 th Larnaca International airport is about 45 minutes from Nicosia –new modern airport on the coast We plan to hire private bus transport to take us into Nicosia and back


Academics Students will study Greek drama from the historical and modern perspectives Highlights include: Study the play ELEKTRA by Sophocles Work with Cypriot practitioners – Theatre Organization of Cyprus - in the study of performance and design Explore the social and political contexts of Cyprus

Housing and Meals:

Housing and Meals Housing Shared housing in the Centrum hotel Meals Most meals on your own Cyprus has excellent food and reasonable prices Meals can be purchased for 5-10 Euros – plan on about €20 per day in country


Itinerary Week 1 Arrival and Orientation History, literature & culture: Lecture and rehearsal observations Improv workshop Week 2 Kyrenia site visit Rehearsal observation & workshops THOC performance of ELEKTRA Improv workshop Week 3 Thalamis site visit Kourion site visit & see play in ancient theatre Another play in Nicosia Paphos site visit, beach time & see play in ancient theatre


Costs Program fee includes: Housing Excursions A few group meals Most in-country transportation Tuition 3 credits - summer CISI Insurance (CISI) $32 Program fee Approx. $2,100 Meals $400 Books $50 Airfare $2,000 Passport/Visa $135 Other personal expenses $400 Total $5,117 + tuition


Application MU Online Study Abroad Application March 1 deadline for Summer 1 page essay 1 Academic Recommendation

Program Resources: MU Contacts :

Program Resources: MU Contacts Ms. Debra Krajec Artistic Associate Professor Marquette University 414/288.7289 Mr. Blake Ward Study Abroad Coordinator Office of International Education Marquette University 414/288.7289

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