The 9th Annual City Dionysia,
co-sponsored by the Hellenic Preservation Society of Northeast Ohio
The City Dionysia is a yearly event that takes place on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, usually on the third Saturday of November. The Ninth-Annual City Dionysia competition will take place on Saturday, November 17th, 10:30 AM - Noon at CWRU's Strosacker Auditorium. The City Dionysia is an opportunity for regional and state high schools to compete for cash prizes via a 15-minute performance of a classical play; the 2012 City Dionysia will feature Sophocles' Ajax. Past plays and first place finishers include:
2004: Sophocles Antigone (Lakewood High School)
2005: Euripides Medea (Garfield Heights High School)
2006: Sophocles Oedipus Tyrannus (Garfield Heights High School)
2007: Euripides Hippolytus (Shaker Heights High School)
2008: Euripides Bacchae (Shaker Heights High School)
2009: Aeschylus Agamemnon (St. Edwards and Shaker Heights)
2010: Aristophanes Frogs (St. Edwards)
2011: Sophocles' Philoctetes (St. Edwards)
The 2012 Team Registration Form, which contains mailing addresses and a fax number, can be downloaded here; it is due by Wednesday, November 7, 2012.
Here is a description of the objectives and rules for 2012:
Take Sophocles' Ajax and adapt the complete work or a portion of the work to a fifteen-minute performance.
Objectives: You should aim to entertain and to instruct. The best productions will demonstrate the relevance of this ancient work to todays audiences, make the text accessible and provocative to these new audiences, and offer modern audiences new insights into the play and themselves.
Rules and Guidelines:
1. Script MUST be ORIGINAL & written by participants (but, of course, translations/adaptations may be consulted).
2. Performances must run NO MORE THAN 15 MINUTES.
3. Masks are optional.
4. Space for performance is approximately twenty-five feet by fifteen feet.
5. Set pieces must be supplied by the team, be portable, and be capable of placement and removal in three minutes. (Less is more.)
6. The teams, if desired, must supply costumes.
7. The members of any team must consist of students currently registered at the high school on the registration form.
8. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges based on the format and objectives outlined above.
9. Teams must supply their own a-v resources if they desire; equipment must be set up in the same three minutes as #5 and cleared away after the performance in less than three minutes.
FIRST PRIZE: $250.00 SECOND PRIZE $125 THIRD PRIZE $75
Email Paul Iversen (firstname.lastname@example.org)