Reinventing an Ancient Greek play by Aristophanes

Sidney Fox

Staff Writer

Looking for something fun, yet “edgy” to take your parents to during Family Weekend? Then you should buy tickets to “The Birds,” the theatre department’s first main stage performance this Fall, playing October 21-25.

“The Birds” is “unlike any other show I’ve done at Davidson,” said Brooke Brazer ‘16, who, along with two other students, composed the music for this show over the summer. Student composers are not the only new and different aspect of the production. There will also be a live rock band, aerial silks that the actors will use, and so much more!

Theodore Ebarb ‘18, who plays Ben, the leader of the Birds and a main role in the show, explained the origin of this show and how it is coming together as a finished product. “Dr. Keyne Cheshire, head of the Classics department, translated it from ancient Greek, and while he was translating it, he also adapted it to the modern American society,” Ebarb said.

“The original comedy was written 2,500 years ago by Aristophanes, full of references to Greek politicians and other Greek figures,” Ebarb added. However, what Dr. Cheshire has done is replace all of the historical figures with pop culture icons, religious figures, and current politicians.

Sam Giberga ‘19 gets the opportunity to play some of these roles as a freshman. He will appear as Katniss Everdeen, John Kerry and more, so be on the lookout for those surprising appearances. Other characters that have a presence onstage include Jesus Christ, Katy Perry, Stephen Hawking, The Holy Ghost, Satan, Thor, and a celebrity pastor.

When asked what he is most excited about, Giberga responded, “I’m most excited to see the audience’s perception. It will be interesting to see who takes offense, the students or the parents.” Yes, you read that right; this is an edgy show that is very playful with references to religion, pop culture, and politics. It is all, however, in good fun.

Ebarb sees the show as not being, “serious or biting, but it’s playful.” He advises viewers to “be able to laugh at how ridiculous it all is […] If people go in for a laugh, I think they will find it.”
You are probably wondering how you will be able to take all of this in and not be overwhelmed. Well Brazer advises audiences to “sit back and enjoy the show! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll dance and, who knows, maybe you’ll even fly! Nonetheless, you’re most certainly in for a treat.”

So come into the show ready to have a good laugh and also ready to gain a new perception of life and our society.

By now you are all probably dying to know how you can see this amazing production! Well tickets are now available at www.davidson.edu/tickets, in person at the Davidson College Union ticket office, or by phone at 704-894-2135. Tickets are only $6 for students, so be sure to take advantage of this great deal!

“It is a fun show, and if everyone comes in looking to have fun, they will find it. There is a lot to enjoy,” Ebarb commented. So come out October 21-25 to the Duke Family Performance Hall to support your fellow classmates.

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