originally performed in 458 BCE, is the only surviving dramatic trilogy from
classical Athens. The trilogy takes audiences to ancient Argos, on the eve of
Agamemnon’s bloody homecoming from the Trojan War, and ends in Athens, where
the mythical cycle of violence is resolved with the establishment of a homicide
court on the rock of the Areopagus.
In 2012, I adapted Aeschylus’s trilogy as a single 90-minute
play that keeps the mythical framework of the original but updates it for
modern audiences. The adaptation was first presented by the Carleton Players,
directed by Ruth Weiner, in May 2012. It was the final production of the
inaugural season of Carleton’s Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. You can read a review of that production here.
9-11 and 15-18, 2016—the adaptation will be given a new production by Hero Now
Theatre in Minneapolis, directed by Kristin Halsey. Hero Now presents plays in “found spaces,” and for the Oresteia has found …
My essay "Bee Line: How the Honey Bee Defined the American Frontier" has been published in the online journal Readings. The essay traces the spread of the honey bee, an introduced species, in advance of white settlement, and examines what bee hunting tells us about property rights on the frontier.
The essay looks at references to honey bees and bee hunting in 18th- and 19th-century travelers' accounts, as well as in 19th-century stories and novels by Caroline Kirkland, Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, and others.
I started working on the essay in 2007, and abandoned it until late last year, when I rediscovered the fragmentary essay in a file on my computer and decided to complete it. This writing method is not uncommon with me.
Readings is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that aims to publish scholarship accessible to a general audience.