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Theater Company to Present Greek Play

Story posted February 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- A professional theater troupe, The Aquila Theatre Company of London, will give a one-time performance of the Greek comedy "The Birds" by Aristophanes on Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in Pickard Theater.

In addition to the performance, Jeffrey Henderson, a classics scholar from Boston University, will discuss Aristophanes' works on Thursday, Feb. 19, in Druckenmiller Hall, Room 16, at 7:30 p.m.

The performance and lecture are open to the public free of charge, although tickets are required for the play. Tickets are available at the Smith Union Information Desk from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays.

Aristophanes was a famed Greek poet known for his comedic plays. "The Birds" was first performed in 414 B.C. It tells the story of an ordinary Athenian, Makedo, who sets out with his friend, Goodhope, to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, eventually forming a city of birds.

The Aquila Theatre Company of London will appear at Bowdoin in the midst of tour stop in Portland, where it will perform Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" at Merrill Auditorium. The company specializes in productions of classical drama and has performed around the world. Its current tour is its 10th of North America.

The theater company will also present a workshop for Bowdoin classics and theater students.

Henderson will speak on "Aristophanes' 'Birds' and the Comic Heroism of Peisetairos." A professor at BU since 1991, Henderson is the author of eight books and numerous articles on Aristophanes. He has won Fulbright, Danforth, Woodrow Wilson and Harvard fellowships and won the Raubenheimer Distinguished Faculty Award in 1991 while teaching at the University of Southern California.

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