(I will leave it to my husband to tell you why I should be using OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Word)
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It’s not the most daunting task in the world to take a public domain script and stage it. It’s slightly harder to translate the narrative so that a contemporary audience can follow the script while handling translation of a foreign language, different theatre conventions, and different historical backgrounds. I have tried to retain original phrases when I can.
I want to stay true to the narrative and keep a poetic nature to the piece, but I want it to be clear and understandable to the modern audience. Since I am also directing the production, I’m fortunate to have action as well as words for context. This gives me the advantage of cutting out information that can be shown instead of told, and cutting unnecessary repetition (which was needed when a man attended a theatre festival for an entire day and needed to be reminded of what was happening in that specific play at that specific time).
I do not want it to lose it’s ballad-like quality and so I am proceeding cautiously to present a respectful and yet understandable adaptation. It’s a long process comparing scripts, making sure that no necessary text has been left out and making sure that I haven’t bogged down the script.
One interesting point that I am finding in the original text are the combination of Greek and Roman characters. This could simply be a printing error, or it could be a translation error (most classical works that still exist–with a few exceptions–were first transcribed by the monks in the Middle Ages. Iphigenia in Aulis is last existing play known of Euripides and that still dates it between 409 and 406 BC. That’s a long way to travel to 1000 AD around the time of the High Middle Ages. I’m not an archaeologist or a language expert, so I have to take what I can find in English and clear it up as true as possible to the story. I can’t wait to see how it’s going to turn out & hope you will join me.
The final scripts will be done by October 2013, and I am working carefully to bring you a well-crafted show!