The Bryn Mawr Greek Play is a May Day tradition that has faded and been revived a number of times in its long history. The recent incarnations have taken the form of a parody of a classic play, written by the students with music borrowed from modern pop or show tunes. In 2002, we did a revival of the Antagony, a parody of Sophocles' Antigone originally written in 1974 as an attempt to revive a tradition which had been dead for some time. The past few years, we have had new shows, written and performed by current students, and we are looking forward to keeping the tradition alive for many more years. The last recorded Greek play before these shows is 1994, and there appear to have been a decade of yearly shows from 1984 to 1994. There was apparently a gap of ten years after the first performance of the Antagony in 1974, but it remains uncertain how long it had been at that time since the last Greek play was performed. As with so many great traditions, the origins of the Bryn Mawr Greek Play are lost in the mists of time...
The Greek play for May Day 2002, the Antagony, was a revival of one of the classic Greek plays from bygone days of Bryn Mawr May Days. The Antagony, a parody of Sophocles' Antigone with tunes swiped from Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and H.M.S. Pinafore, was written in 1975 by undergraduates Kate Patterson and Naomi Norman. The 2002 May Day Greek Play in the Sunken Garden revived the tradition from a hiatus of several years.
Antigone - Catherine Barrett '05
Ismene - Jennifer Sawyer '03
Creon - Rianna Ouellette '04
Sentry - Sara Yost '05
Tiresias - Irene Ruden '02
Choregos - Lila Garrott '04
Chorus - Bridget Costello '03, Jennifer Gamble '05, Catriona McDonald '04
Graduate students dressed as Gorgons strut down the catwalk during the Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology's May Day fashion show held in the Cloisters.