Reclaiming Greek Drama for Diverse Audiences features the work of Native-American, African-American, Asian-American, Latinx, and LGBTQ theatre artists who engage with social justice issues in seven adaptations of Sophocles’ Antigone, Euripides’ Trojan Women, Hippolytus, Bacchae, Alcestis, and Aristophanes’ Frogs, as well as a work inspired by the myth of the Fates.

Performed between 1989 and 2017 in small theatres across the US, these contemporary works raise awareness about the trafficking of Native-American women, marriage equality, gender justice, women’s empowerment, the social stigma surrounding HIV, immigration policy, and the plight of undocumented workers. The accompanying interviews provide a fascinating insight into the plays, the artists’ inspiration for them, and the importance of studying classics in the college classroom. Readers will benefit from an introduction that discusses practical ways to teach the adaptations, ideas for assignments, and the contextualization of the works within the history of classical reception.

Serving as a key resource on incorporating diversity into the teaching of canonical texts for Classics, English, Drama and Theatre Studies students, this anthology is the first to present the work of a range of contemporary theatre artists who utilize ancient Greek source material to explore social, political, and economic issues affecting a variety of underrepresented communities in the US.

chapter |12 pages


ByMelinda Powers

chapter 1|61 pages

Numunu Waiipunu (The Comanche Women)

Adapted from Euripides’ Trojan Women
ByTerry Gomez

chapter |12 pages

Interview with Terry Gomez

Friday, July 19, 2019 Phone interview
ByShane Breaux

chapter 2|30 pages

The Bacchae

An all-male adaptation of Euripides’ Bacchae
ByAllain Rochel

chapter |9 pages

Interview with Allain Rochel

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 Phone interview
ByShane Breaux

chapter 3|50 pages

The Wrath of Aphrodite

Based on Euripides’ Hippolytus
ByTim O’Leary

chapter |7 pages

Interview with Tim O’Leary

Saturday, January 5, 2019 Los Angeles, California
ByMelinda Powers

chapter 4|58 pages

Honey I’m Home: The Alcestis Story

Based on Euripides’ Alcestis
ByDeb Margolin, Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver, Deb Margolin

chapter |9 pages

Interview with Lois Weaver

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 New York, New York
ByMelinda Powers

chapter 5|44 pages

Riot Antigone

After Sophocles’ Antigone
BySeonjae Kim

chapter |7 pages

Interview with Seonjae Kim

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 New York, New York
ByKiara Rolon, Marco Grazide, Nakiah Williams, Vijaya Bandu, Melinda Powers

chapter 6|21 pages

Dancing with the Clown of Love

Written, produced, and performed by Cultural Odyssey’s The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women in collaboration with UC San Francisco’s HIV Women’s Clinic 1
ByRhodessa Jones

chapter |10 pages

Interview with Rhodessa Jones

Saturday, January 5, 2019 San Diego, California
ByMelinda Powers

chapter 7|49 pages


Inspired by Aristophanes’ The Frogs
ByRichard Montoya

chapter |9 pages

Interview with Richard Montoya

Saturday, January 5, 2019 At South Coast Repertory Theatre Costa Mesa, California
ByMelinda Powers