Greeks in the Barrio: Reinventing American Tragedy with Luis Alfaro
Dr. Rosa Andújar ‘03 will discuss the award-winning adaptations of Greek tragedy by playwright, director, social activist, and MacArthur Fellow Luis Alfaro. Based on plays by Sophocles and Euripides, Alfaro's Electricidad, Oedipus El Rey and Mojada transplant ancient themes and problems into the barrios of Los Angeles and New York, giving voice to the concerns of the Chicanx and wider Latinx communities. The talk will examine the unique manner in which his tragedies transform Greek, Latinx, and American theatre, as plays which carry the rich and multilayered history of multiple dramatic traditions, while also channeling the fraught intricacies of the Chicanx and Latinx experience in the twenty-first century United States.
Dr. Rosa Andújar ’03 is Senior Lecturer (i.e., Associate Professor) at King’s College London, where she teaches in the Departments of Liberal Arts and Classics. Her main research addresses two distinct yet complementary research areas: Ancient Greek tragedy and Greek drama's modern reception, particularly in Latin America and among Latinx communities in the U.S. Her work on the latter has led to a wider research interest in engagements with Greco-Roman antiquity across the Americas, and the way that these intersect with questions of gender, race, class, and national identity. She is the editor of The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro (Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury 2020), which was awarded the 2020 London Hellenic Prize. She also edited Paths of Song: The Lyric Dimension of Greek Tragedy (De Gruyter 2018) and Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage (Bloomsbury 2020). She is currently completing a book on the Greek tragic chorus.
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