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date: 18 October 2019

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In this chapter, Daniel Banks and Patrice Rankine discuss Banks’s career as a playwright who has directed two successful adaptations of Greek drama on the American stage, namely Countee Cullen’s Medea (2002 at Williams College) and Law Chavez’s Señora de la Pinta (2012 at the Words Afire Theatre Festival at the University of New Mexico). Banks frames these plays (the former drawing on Euripides’ Medea, the latter on Sophocles’ Oedipus the King) in the context of youth culture and the performance of difference, and discusses the importance of “environmental theatre,” which—for Banks—must include multiple geographic and cultural heritages.

Keywords: Countee Cullen, identity, environmental theater, Sophocles, Medea, Euripides, heritage (multiple, mixed), adaptation, translation, Chicano

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