Tantalus Author to Participate in Roundtable Discussion and Symposium in Denver.

NEWS RELEASE October 2000
Media Contact: Suzanne Blandón 303/446-4886 sblandon@dcpa.org

TANTALUS author John Barton will participate in Tantalus and the Greeks, a round-table discussion and symposium being presented in conjunction with the world premiere of TANTALUS. The discussion and symposium are being presented by The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Classics of the University of Colorado, Boulder. The two events will be held in the Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom at Speer & Arapahoe in downtown's Denver Performing Arts Complex.

A round-table discussion kicks off the event Sunday, October 29 from 10:30am to noon. Author John Barton and a panel of distinguished scholars of Greek theatre from across the United States and England will offer their immediate reactions to the previous days' performance of TANTALUS, the 10 hour and 30 minute epic tale of the Trojan War written by John Barton and directed by Sir Peter Hall and Edward Hall. TANTALUS receives its world premiere and only North American presentation in The Stage Theatre at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts October 21 through December 2. Sir Peter Hall's TANTALUS is being presented by the Denver Center Theatre Company in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

On Monday, October 30 from 1 - 7pm, a symposium addressing topics such as the background of TANTALUS in myth, epic and tragedy will be held. Modern adaptations and re-creations of ancient drama will also be discussed. A special session devoted to the making of TANTALUS will feature author John Barton, producer and critic Michael Kustow and TANTALUS dramaturg Graham Ley.

Other symposium topics will address aspects of dramatic language, metaphor and form; and the blending of myth, epic and drama to create a powerful new expressive vehicle.

The distinguished list of participants will include John Barton, author of TANTALUS, author, director and advisor to the Royal Shakespeare Company; Deborah Boedeker, Professor of Classics at Brown University and formerly Co-Director of Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC; Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History at Cambridge University; Helene Foley, Professor of Classics at Barnard College/Columbia University; John Gibert, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Michael Kustow, Theatre Producer and Critic; Graham Ley, Lecturer in Drama at Exeter University and TANTALUS dramaturg to John Barton; Sheila Murnaghan, Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; and Rush Rehm, Associate Professor of Drama and Classics at Stanford University. The discussion and symposium are free and open to all interested members of the public, students and teachers of drama, literature and ancient culture.

Funding for the symposium has been provided by The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Classics, the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Center for Arts and the Humanities, the Office of Student Affairs and the Graduate School of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Tickets to the free discussion and symposium are limited; reservations are required and may be obtained by calling 303/893-4100 or on-line at www.denvercenter.org. Reserved tickets will be held at Will Call. Tickets for the round-table are available for pick up beginning at 9:30am on Sunday, October 29 only. General admission seating begins at 10am. Tickets for the symposium are available for pick up beginning at noon on Monday, October 30 only. General admission seating begins at 12:30pm.

For TANTALUS times and ticket prices for the weekend of October 28 & 29, or for other performance dates and times, call the DCPA box office at 303/893-4100. Outside the (303) calling area, dial 800/641-1222. The TTY line is 303/893-9582. Or visit www.denvercenter.org.