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date: 23 October 2019

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Playwright Charles Mee is interviewed by theater director and performance historian Erin Mee (his daughter) about the adaptations of Greek tragedy that he has staged since the 1990s, including Orestes 2.0, Bacchae 2.1, Agamemnon, Trojan Women: A Love Story, and Big Love. Drawing parallels between American concerns over empire, and those in ancient Greece, and contrasting the private spaces of modern American tragedies (such as those by Arthur Miller) with the public space of Greek tragedies, Mee lauds the move in the latter half of the twentieth century towards the larger, more complex world of the Greeks. He discusses his collage-playwriting technique and the appeal that Greek drama holds for him, as well as the way the political environment in the United States throughout the second half of the twentieth century has impacted the theater that has been developed and staged there.

Keywords: Charles Mee, Orestes 2.0, Bacchae 2.1, Agamemnon, Trojan Women: A Love Story, Big Love, collage, adaptation, empire, Arthur Miller

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