Filming: Day 2 (July 18th). Notes by Sharon.
Today we had the great luxury of filming indoors in beautiful, cool Gerrard Hall (thank you, Mark Steffen!). We got lots of scenes done (nine!), and they were fantastic: all three versions of Eunuchus and Casina; both versions of Truculentus; plus Persa. Only an equipment failure kept us from getting the Drag Kings (Pseudolus C) filmed, too.
Temporary photos: these are from Sharon’s elderly cell phone, which does not take very good photos at any kind of distance. Better pictures will be sent to us in the next 2-3 weeks; check back later.
NOTE: this page is still in progress. I will be adding more scenes to it over the next few days. Please send me (Sharon) any photos you have that look better than these, so that I can post them here.
Eunuchus version 1—in tunics and masks
Sophie has very kindly forwarded to me some of Nancy’s excellent photos—her iPad 3 takes much better pictures than my aging iPhone. Everybody else: please send better pictures, so your scenes can look as good as the scenes from Eunuchus!
The Eunuchus group did three very different performances: one in Latin, with tunics and masks; one very 19th-century British version, in a Wildean style; and a very short modern TV sitcom style (called Family Thais). Be sure to read the Reflections on filming Eunuchus blogpost that Erin contributed.
Thais (Erin), Chremes (Kenneth), Thraso (Mark), and Gnatho (Sophie), plus the Kitchen Squadron: Tarik (behind Mark), Chris B. (behind Sophie), Seth (playing Sanga), and Dan.
Eunuchus version 2—the 1853 translation of Henry Thomas Riley
(from the Perseus website)
Pythias (Amy), Thais (Mark), and Chremes (Sophie), up against the Enemy: Tarik, Kenneth (playing Gnatho), Chris B., Seth (playing Sanga), Dan, and Erin (playing Thraso).
Chremes threatens Thraso, who is threatening to repossess Pamphila. Note Sophie’s chief weapon: a badminton racket.
Pythias (Amy), Thais (Mark), Thraso (Erin), Gnatho (Kenneth’s leg, behind Erin), Chremes (Sophie, with badminton racket), Tarik (behind Sophie), Chris B., Seth (playing Sanga), and Dan.
Eunuchus version 3—Family Thais, a modern sitcom version
Thais (Sophie), Chremes (Mark), the nerdy accountant, Gnatho (Erin), and Thraso (Kenneth). Near Sophie, off-camera, is Seth, holding a pile of cue cards for the audience: LAUGH; APPLAUD; “OOOOO.” We did.
The Casina group performed in three different types of masks: the ones made for the Institute; Amy Cohen’s full-head tragedy masks; and Gian Giacomo’s Commedia dell’arte half-face masks (an improv performance). They found that Amy’s tragic masks completely transformed the scene.
Casina Version 1: tunics and ancient-style full-face masks
This photo is courtesy of Amy Cohen—thanks, Amy!
Chalinus (Elizabeth), Cleostrata (Nancy), Lysidamus (Gian Giacomo), and Olympio (Mike Lippman).
Casina Version 2: Amy Cohen’s tragic masks
This photo is also courtesy of Amy.
Cleostrata (Nancy), Chalinus (Elizabeth), Lysidamus (Gian Giacomo), and Olympio (Mike Lippman).
Casina Version 3: Improv with Gian Giacomo’s commedia dell’arte masks
Sad to say, this is one of my fuzzy photos. If anybody has a better picture of the Improv version, please send it to me (Sharon).
Chalinus (Elizabeth), Cleostrata (Nancy), Lysidamus (Gian Giacomo), and Olympio (Mike Lippman). Cleostrata has many unusual objects stuffed inside her dress….
Persa sung in Latin
The Persists performed in Latin, to the accompaniment of Ted’s music as performed by Tony on the clarinet. There is much beating and kicking of the pimp, who gets tossed to the ground—Tarik was very game and funny. Did anybody get a good shot of Angela and Seth fake-slapping him? If so, send it to me (Sharon), so I can post it here. My shots were blurry.
The pimp on his knees….
Tibicen (Tony), Paegnium (Seth), Dordalus (Tarik), Lemniselenis (Mimi), Sagaristio (Angela), and Toxilus (Amy).
The pimp underfoot….
Sagaristio (Angela), Lemniselenis (Mimi), Dordalus (Tarik), Toxilus (Amy), Paegnium (Seth).
Truculentus was performed in both Latin and English, with Ted’s ominous, deliberately repetitive melody performed by Tony, and melodramatic organ-style chords played by Angela on the piano, during Laura’s dramatic introductions and conclusions. Meredith repeated her aria syllabus three times for a perfect take—Diniarchuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuus! (Jim Hanson)—and we were all amazed every time. Tim and Mike Lippman performed as the lorarii, the non-speaking male slaves who enforced the power of Callicles over Syra (Laura) and the ancilla (Meredith). A doubly-metatheatrical moment made us all laugh, when Callicles (Mike Katchmer) ordered the lorarii to release the two women, who were in hand-shackles (invisible handcuffs!), and Tim’s character didn’t understand: a pantomime demonstrated what he was to do, then Tim shrugged and said “I don’t know Latin!” The audience was in stitches, because of course Tim knows Latin, but we also remembered what Amy Richlin had reminded us in class—slaves in Rome might well have limited Latin.
Note: Tony and his clarinet are not visible in these shots, but will be seen in other photos (hint, hint…).
Callicles, the women, and the lorarii. (One of Amy’s photos.)
Syra (Laura Lippman), lorarius 1 (Mike Lippman), Callicles (Mike Katchmer), lorarius 2 (Tim Moore), the ancilla (Meredith).
The lorarii coercing the women, under orders from Callicles (Amy’s photo).
Mike is behind Laura; Tim is behind Meredith.
Diniarchus begging Callicles for mercy, while the lorarii go to release Syra and the ancilla (Sharon’s fuzzy photo).
Callicles’ left arm and foot (belonging to Mike Katchmer), Syra (Laura Lippman) being unchained by lorarius 1 (Mike Lippman), lorarius 2 (Tim Moore) going to unchain the ancilla (Meredith, off camera).