While we are on vacation, we thought we’d share with you some of our favorite posts over the years. This was our very first post, which we thought we’d share for some of our newer members.
Of course, it reminds us of plays of Ancient Greece that are still circulating today!
We hope that you are well and enjoying these last few weeks of summer!
Philip & Marilyn
The theatre is such a wonderful happening!
We had an unbelievable evening a few weeks ago when we saw Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. It lifted us so—from our ordinary daily lives we were brought to an evening of heaven.
And it led us to an exciting idea: staring this website to share with you the theatre that we know and love so well. The events, the history—all of the past, present, and future!
We (my talented wife, Marilyn Clark, and I) have lived our lives in the theatre: Marilyn from the time she was an actress at 15. And my parents were writers and producers, so I literally grew up in theatre. Now as we reminisce a lot about all the trials and tribulations and success and stars, we decided to start this website—a place where theatre lovers everywhere can come together and find both information about the American Theatre, and personalization of the theatre as well.
So to start off: perhaps you knew that theatre as we know it began 2,500 years ago in Ancient Greece. BUT! Did you know that there are still 11 plays currently circulating that were written at that time by Aristophanes? And it’s fascinating that three of them (in bold!) were about women’s rights. They are:
- The Archarnians (425 BCE) about the formation of a peace treaty.
- The Knights (424 BCE) an attack on Cleon, an Athenian statesmen and general.
- The Clouds (423 BCE) criticising Socrates for corruption and sophistry.
- The Wasps (422 BCE) poking fun at the Athenian jury system and the Athenians’ preoccupation with litigation.
- Peace (421 BCE) on the peace with Sparta.
- The Birds (414 BCE) where birds construct a new city in the sky and better the gods.
- Lysistrata (411 BCE) where women across Greece go on a sex strike to compel their men to make peace.
- The Poet & The Women or Thesmophoriazusae (411 BCE) where women debate the elimination of Euripides
- The Frogs (405 BCE) where Dionysos visits Hades and judges a poetry competition between Aeschylus and Euripedes.
- The Ecclesiazusae (c. 392 BCE) where women take over Athens and make all property communal.
- Plutus or Wealth (388 BCE) where the god of wealth regains his sight and no longer distributes riches at random.
[from http://www.ancient.eu.com/Aristophanes/ ]
Theatre then went on to Rome, then France, England, and finally to America. Now we have it ON BROADWAY and beyond—to every state in the country and every country in the world.
Of course, just like the theatre, our Theatre Guild website is a work in progress! But here are some of the things that we want to focus on:
- Recommendations for plays—what is fun and enjoyable and hot right now!
- Suggestions on getting the best seats and the best bargains for great theatre.
- New plays that are coming to the theatre or revivals making a comeback (HINT: it is NOT Cats!)
- Theatres worth checking out all over the country
- History of American Theatre—we’ve lived it and want to share it with you!
- And of course, the actors! We’ll be looking at some of the greats, those who will be sorely missed, and those to keep our eyes on—so we can say that we knew them when they were just starting out!
What would we like from you? Participation! We want to know what interests you about the theatre—be it a play, or actor/actress, or theatres or history. What ideas and things would you like to see? We have a lot of information to share and we’d love ideas of things that you’re interested in!
And now, but of course the show must go on, we pull back the curtain and invite you in to our world of theatre!