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Himmelhoch Joins Frame/Works Series

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In conjunction with the production of "Heavier Than..." in Bartlett Theatre, the HWS Theatre Program will continue its series Frame/Works on Friday, Feb. 21, with a featured presentation by Chair and Associate Professor of Classics Leah Himmelhoch.

Himmelhoch will give a preshow talk titled, "A Truth Stranger than Fiction: Tales of Labyrinths, Minotaurs, and Inspiration." The presentation will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 7 of Coxe Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

During the program, Himmelhoch will explore the tumultuous history of the myth of the Minotaur and the possibility of a "historical truth" embedded in the Grecian mythological construct. The myth has come under reexamination due to the excavation of a Bronze Age structure that depicts enormous bulls in the iconography of Crete, lending to the theory that Minotaur myth may not be so far-fetched after all.

The talk will focus on how once the excavator realized that he had found a palatial structure where the myths had indicated there might have been one, he began to fashion his own narratives about the site. From there, more and more storytelling began about the "Palace of Knossos." The mythological story is only the beginning, Himmelhoch says.

Frame/Works is a program designed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Christine Woodworth, who launched the series during fall 2013 for the Theatre Program and the Geneva Theatre Guild production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." As the inaugural speaker, Associate Professor of English Rob Carson gave a talk entitled "Offending Shadows."

Himmelhoch earned a M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin. Her area of specialization is ancient Greek poetry and the reception of tradition. Himmelhoch has published articles on Linear B and Greek tragedy, given papers on tragedy, Homer, Latin poetry, and Bronze Age topics, and has a forthcoming book from the press at the University of Texas at Austin titled, "Chariots of Song: Images of Immortality in Greek Poetry."

Frame/Works attendees are encouraged to see "Heavier Than..." following the talk. For the Friday, Feb. 21 performance of "Heavier Than..." audience members are invited to stay for a post-show discussion with members of the cast and production team. The Friday show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bartlett Theatre at Coxe Hall.

For information about Frame/Works, contact Woodworth via cwoodworth@hws.edu or at 781-4581. For tickets to "Heavier Than..." visit the HWS Bookstore or Area Records on Seneca Street in Geneva.

 


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