February 11, 02
Vol. 17 , No. 07
The Pomona College Department of Theater: Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus
THOMAS LEABHART, director
ELIZABETH VON DOEMMING
EMILY VIGNERON, assistant director
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2002 LUNCH
The Greek playwright Aeschylus wrote Seven Against Thebes in 467 B.C. for presentation in the annual Athenian dramatic contest, for which he won first prize. In his play, Aeschylus, who was a veteran soldier, vividly evokes the terror, the slaughter, and the complete loss of body and spirit that are the awful spoils of war.
Sophocles tells the story of Oedipus and his family in three plays, Oedipus Rex (430 B.C.), Oedipus at Colonus (401 B.C.), and Antigone (441 B.C.). Aeschylus' play, Seven Against Thebes, fills in missing parts of the story, allowing us to see the battle between Oedipus' two sons for the right to rule the Kingdom of Thebes. Based on a popular legend, not an original story, it is the tale of seven heroes-Polynices, Adrastus, Amphiaraus, Hippomedon, Capaneus, Tydeus, and Parthenopaeus.
Directed by Professor Thomas Leabhart of Pomona College, this project was undertaken by the theatre department as a response to the events of September 11. Professor Leabhart and the cast of students from The Claremont Colleges are bringing this production to the Athenaeum for a noontime performance, planned in conjunction with the Questions of Civilization curriculum.
Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. The performance begins at 12:15 p.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m.