Trent University Classics Drama Group Presents a Play in Peterborough and
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Students and faculty take "A Man Who Hates People" on the road
Wednesday, January 26, 2011, Peterborough
The Classics Drama Group at Trent University is pleased to present A Man Who
Hates People, a comedy adapted from Menander¹s Dyskolos playing at Nozhem
Theatre on January 27, 28, February 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. and on January 29 at 3
p.m., and at U of T¹s Ignatieff Theatre in Toronto on February 5 at 3 p.m.
Directed by Dr. George Kovacs, assistant professor, Ancient History and
Classics, A Man Who Hates People is a play that centres on an elderly farmer
whose unkind reputation is well known. When a young city boy comes along,
seeking his daughter¹s hand in marriage, his perspective on life begins to
change. With the help of a cook, some revellers, a local god, and the good
work of his step-son, he is shown the error of his ways and faced with the
challenge to see the good in people.
Set in the fourth century BC, the production also features selections from
The Laughter Lover, a third-century AD collection of jokes and anecdotes.
³Menander is the first playwright to introduce a true naturalism to
theatre,² said Prof. Kovacs. ³His characters are real; his settings are
familiar, even after two millennia. We all know a Knemon, a Sostratos, a
Gorgias, and for all their shortcomings, we cannot help but wish them well.²
The Classics Drama Group is the longest running student production company
at Trent University. They have been producing ancient Greek plays in
English translation since 1994. A Man Who Hates People is their nineteenth
production, but this is the first time they have performed a play more
recent than 401 BC: Menander's Dyskolos was first produced in 316 BC, in
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For more information, please contact: George Kovacs, assistant professor,
Ancient History and Classics, Trent University, 705-748-1011, ext. 7679 or
visit the Facebook page.