• Screening and talk back The Wooster Group’s OBIE-winning production of TO YOU THE BIRDIE (Phédre), a high-tech theatrical version of the ancient myth that amplifies its meaningful moments with vivid visual and aural components.  The screening will be followed by a talk-back with director Elizabeth LeCompte and actors from the production at the James Stewart Theater, Oct 4, 4:30 PM (The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The Council of the Humanities, and The Lewis Center for the Arts)

• Lecture by Director Lukas Hemleb (France-Germany) on his production at the Pushkin Drama Theater in Moscow of Phaedra, a play based on Marina Tsvetaeva’s verse drama, Wednesday, Nov 6, 4:30, 245 East Pyne(Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and The Eberhard L. Faber Fund)

• Film series featuring treatments of Phaedra at The Mathey/Rocky Theater, Tuesdays Sept 24, Oct 15, Oct 22, Nov 5, Nov 19, and Dec 3 at 7:30. (Department of Comparative Literature)

• Production of Racine’s Phèdre, L’Avant-Scène, directed by Florent Masse at the University Art Museum Feb 7 & 8 at 8:00 PM (Department of French and Italian)

• Staged reading of C. K. Williams’s Beasts of Love, directed by Robert Sandberg, Lecturer in English, Theater, and the Lewis Center for the Arts, on Monday, February 24 at 8:00 PM in the Art Museum. In Williams’ brutal, lyrical retelling of the story of Phaedra, Hippolytus and Theseus, Aphrodite roams the stage, arousing human passions leading Theseus to give in to his rage and condemning Phaedra and Hippolytus inexorably to their doom. The tragic results warn us to respect, to bow to, the complex, untamable, merciless force that is love or suffer the inevitable fate. (Program in Theater)

• Discussion and performance of Benjamin Britten’s Cantata Phaedra for orchestra and mezzo-soprano, the Princeton University Orchestra conducted by Michael Pratt with mezzo-soprano Barbara Rearick.  Richardson Auditorium, Friday, March 7and Saturday, March 8,  6:30 (The Princeton University Orchestra)

• Production of Euripides’ tragedy Hippolytus, directed and composed by Chris Beard '14 as part of the Program in Theater's production thesis season. Matthews Acting Studio, beginning April 3.  (Program in Theater)

• Reading by Paul Muldoon followed by a lecture/demonstration by Members of the Martha Graham Dance Company of scenes from Martha Graham’s ballet Phaedra, March 27, 4:30 at the Berlind Theater. Museum doors open at 7:30. Seating is Limited.

• The Phaedra Symposium brings together creative artists, performers, and scholars who offer a variety of perspectives on this exceptionally productive myth,  March 27-28 time and place TBA (Sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, IHUM, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Program in European Cultural Studies, the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, the Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of Classics, and the Old Dominion Fund in the Humanities Council).

• Students in Barbara White’s and Wendy Heller’s course “Drama Queens: Voicing Women (and Men) On Stage” have the option to include their final projects among the Phaedra events.

• Professor Janet Downie screened Jules Dassin's Phaedra as part of her course "Classical Mythology" (CLA 212 / HUM 212 / GSS 212 / HLS 212) on Wednesday, October 9th.

Olga Peters Hasty (, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Catherine I. Reilly (, Department of Comparative Literature. 

We welcome suggestions and are happy to include additional events in the program of The Phaedra Project.  Please feel free to contact us with any ideas or additions to our list of instantiations of the myth. 

Web designer:  Mark Pettus, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures


UPDATED  Sept 2013