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date: 20 September 2019

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Innovative theater, opera, and film director Peter Sellars has directed more than 100 productions across America and abroad. Renowned for his groundbreaking interpretations of classical works, Sellars continues to challenge the role of theater as “a mirror to society.” In this chapter, director and dramaturge Dr. Avery Willis Hoffman invites readers into an ongoing conversation with her mentor that follows a diverging path and covers a wide range of topics, each offering insight into Sellars’s directorial inspirations and various “paths to production.” From Sellars’s first foray into Greek tragedy in 1986 (Sophocles’ Ajax) to a recent production of Handel’s oratorio Hercules (2011), Avery and Peter debate the meaning of Greek tragedy for our world, for our today, for our future.

Keywords: Peter Sellars, Ajax, Children of Herakles, The Persians, Hercules, Greek tragedy, Othello, Mozart, Desdemona, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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