MSU Orators Lecture Collection, ‘Phormio’ performances spotlight Classical Week

Contact: Carl Smith

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s annual Classical Week returns Sept. 19-23 that includes a lecture by a famend classics skilled and two out of doors performances of an early Roman comedy. The week is an exploration of this 12 months’s Orators Lecture Collection’ theme “Household Secrets and techniques and Societal Roles: Discovering Which means in Human Connectivity.”

Anne H. Groton, professor and chair of the St. Olaf School Division of Classics and director of historic research and medieval research packages, will current her lecture “Residing on the Edge: How Outsiders Might, and Nonetheless Can, Discover a Residence within the Historical Greek and Roman World,” 4 p.m., Sept. 22 at Griffis Corridor’s Discussion board Room—Room 401. Now in its fifth 12 months, the Shackouls Honors School-sponsored lecture sequence invitations audio system from varied disciplines to have interaction and enrich the campus and local people by public boards, panel discussions, seminars, course work, analysis and public lectures.

Moreover, the 2 performances of “Phormio” will function a backdrop for additional understanding and illustration of the sequence theme and the traditional world. Directed by Donna Clevinger, an honors school senior college fellow and communication division theatre professor, the play was written by Roman African playwright Terence and was first carried out in 161 B.C. It’s based mostly on an older misplaced work written by Apollodorus of Carystus.

Performances are scheduled for six p.m., Sept. 20 and 21 within the Griffis Corridor courtyard. Admission to each reveals is free, and attendees are welcomed to carry refreshments and are requested to carry a chair or blanket for seating. Lee Corridor’s historic Bettersworth Auditorium will function the rain location, and meals will not be allowed.

Clevinger labored with Groton, the play’s dramaturg, to translate the script this spring and mentioned the MSU scholar solid and crew are among the greatest she has labored with for a Classical Week manufacturing.

“They’re proficient, enjoyable to work with and symbolize all kinds of majors throughout the campus. These college students who had been solid within the present or in backstage positions got here collectively as strangers and now have turn into buddies,” Clevinger mentioned. “I’m very pleased with them and what they’ve achieved in such a brief period of time. I feel audiences will take pleasure in their arduous work and dedication to honors theatre, whether or not it’s the first time these college students have stepped on a stage to carry out or an extension of their secondary college theatre packages.”

The solid of the play contains:

BOONEVILLE—Reed P. Lindsey, sophomore English main

CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA—Alexander Ketzle, freshman aerospace engineering main

CLINTON—Isaac Martinolich, junior software program engineering main

FAIRHOPE, ALABAMA—Jake Oldshue, freshman historical past main

JASPER, ALABAMA—Blake Pittman, senior veterinary medical expertise main

LONG BEACH—Spencer Glass, freshman communication main

MYRTLE—Maximus Smithey, freshman organic sciences main

NEW ALBANY—Janiya Rutherford, freshman psychology main

PEARL—Zori Jackson, freshman chemistry main

RUSSELLVILLE, ALABAMA—Madelynn Inexperienced, freshman anthropology main

Along with Clevinger and Groton, the play’s manufacturing workers contains:

AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA—Stage Supervisor Avery Grey, freshman geoscience main

BOONEVILLE—Assistant Stage Supervisor Reed P. Lindsey, sophomore English main

DALEVILLE—Costume Liaison Jayla Henry, freshman laptop science main

STARKVILLE—Assistant Director Aaron Twietmeyer, freshman electrical engineering main

Costumes are supplied by Connie Willsey, proprietor of Costume Social gathering in Starkville. They’re funded by a grant from the Classical Affiliation of the Center West and South Committee for the Promotion of Latin and Greek Bridge Initiative Grant program.

For extra data on Classical Week, contact Clevinger at or (662) 325-2522.

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