March 10, 2016: L’Orfeo (Orpheus), staged by Trisha Brown
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Continuous showings from 8 PM

Postmodernism meets the Baroque in Trisha Brown’s staging of Claudio Monteverdi’s opera. Brown’s hypnotic choreography walks a fine line between dance and theater, and creates overarching patterns and structures that sweep through the entire ensemble of performers. A total symbiosis of music, text and movement.  A presentation of Andrew’s Video Vault.


February 2016: Aristophanes’ Plutus, Plays and Players, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia

Aristophanes’ comedy about wealth and inequality.


September 22, 2015 – February 19, 2016, The Philadelphia Museum of Art: Mythography: Sources for Classical Myth

The inspirational power of the classic poems of Homer and his peers is such that their mythology and iconography have been represented in paintings and sculpture ever since. Over time, scholars altered these ideas, bringing to bear their preferences, perspectives, and agendas. Shown here (The Library Reading Room, second floor, Perelman Building, the Philadelphia Museum of Art) are a selection of works from the 1300s through 1800s that shaped the popular imagination regarding the ancient gods and their interactions.

August 6–22, 2015, Black Box Theater (3401 Filbert Street), Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Drexel University: The Rage of Achilles

In the tenth year of war in the ILIAD, two Greek spies begin to lose control of the comfortable and profitable détente they’ve maintained with their Trojan counterpart. When the plague, a chorus of walking dead, an insecure herald and a rage-obsessed Achilles begin to crowd their comfortable no man’s land, the spies find deciding if they can justify murder for profit, or whether compassion and truth can ever find a place in a milieu dominated by destruction.  As part of their Cool Classics series this summer, Philly’s Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company (CCTC) will present the new original play RAGE OF ACHILLES, directed by Drexel adjunct Theatre professor Damon Bonetti. RAGE was written by CCTC founding member Paul Parente and features Barrymore-Award winning actress, Charlotte Northeast.

Friday, December 13, 2013, 12:30-1:30, Campus Center, Bryn Mawr College:  Lightning Tech Talks

“Lightning talks” are two-minute talks highlighting the digital scholarship of faculty, staff, and students at the Tri-College Consortium:  Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges.  Presenters on Friday, December 13, include:

Avi Ariel, “YouTube and Yemeni Muslim-Jewish Relations”
Katherine Rowe, “The Humanist as app-maker”
Lee Pearcy, “Classicizing Philadelphia:  LIstening to the Conversation”

More information:  Bryn Mawr master calendar

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 15, 16, and 17; November 21, 22, 23, 2013:
New Production of Sophocles’ Antigone Captures Classic Drama’s Contemporary Relevance

The Theater Program of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges (Mark Lord, Chair) presents Sophocles’ Antigone, directed by Catharine Slusar, a noted Philadelphia actor and director and a faculty member in the Bryn Mawr College Theater Program. This production reinvigorates Sophocles’ classical text with a haunting exploration of crumbling lives and fragmented nations. The centuries-old story of violence and tragedy is soberingly familiar, its contemporary significance amplified by the production’s modern American setting.  More

Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, 2013:  GALATEA_RESET.

Greek mythology superstars Acis, Galatea and Pygmalion will be center stage in GALATEA_RESET, a new work for lyric theater created by Maurice Wright and Rolf Lakaemper,  on September 20 and 21 at the Conwell Dance Theater on Temple University’s main campus.

Three research robots, owned by Lakaemper’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences, were programmed to sense their surroundings and navigate their way on stage. He created the software that interfaces with the programs developed by Wright to create musical sound processed by individual computers installed in the robots and synchronized
to a base station computer. The robots “act” the parts of Galatea, Acis and Polyphemus while the roles of Pygmalion, Galatea2 and Venus are sung by Temple opera alumni and a current student.


Saturday, October 12, 2013, 2:15-4:15 p.m. at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, The Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street, Philadelphia:

Panel Seven: Our Classical Cities: 19th Century American Classical Receptions and Digital Humanities Projects (in memory of Kathryn Bosher): Lee T. Pearcy, presiding

      *Introductory Remarks: S. Sara Monoson, Northwestern University


      *Classicizing New York: Neo-Classical Public Art and Architecture in the Gilded Age: Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis and Jared Simard, Graduate Center, CUNY


      *Classicizing Philadelphia: Neo-Classical Spectacle and Farce in Nineteenth Century Philadelphia: Lee T. Pearcy


    *Pompeii in the United States Capitol: Gregory Staley, University of Maryland, College Park

May 08, 2012-5:30 p.m.:“Building the Digital Public Library of America,” the Fredric M. Miller Memorial Lecture in Public History, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia. This year’s Fredric M. Miller Memorial Lecture in public history will feature John Palfrey of Harvard Law School, chair of the Digital Public Library of America Steering Committee. Palfrey, co-author of Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives, will give the lecture, “Building the Digital Public Library of America,” followed by a commentary, “The Digital Library in Physical Space,” by Amanda French of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

September 16, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Philadelphia Museum of Art
“Athens of America,” a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Roundtable