From Phaedra to Fedra

WhenOct 17, 2009 from 12:00 pm CT
Location Lookingglass Theatre
821 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Event Details


In preparation for the Raven Foundation attending the Lookingglass Theatre’s World Premiere production of Fedra, a discussion of the play, its historical iterations and its current production was held on October 17, 2009. Moderated by Raven Foundation founder Suzanne Ross, the discussion included Friends of the Foundation, Sandor Goodhart, Ph.D. of the English Department and Patrice Rankin, Ph.D. of the Classics Department, both from Purdue University, in an engaging exploration of the legend and history of Phaedra through to its latest version, FedraFedra was written by J. Nicole Brooks and directed by Laura Eason. Enjoy the discussion.

Listen in as Suzanne Ross interviews Fedra author and star, Nicole Brooks, and Laura Eason, the play’s director.

Sandor Goodhart is a Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Purdue University and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Classical Studies. He is the author of Sacrificing CommentaryReading the End of Literature (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), Reading Stephen Sondheim (New York: Garland Publishing, 2000), For René Girard. Essays in Friendship and Truth, co-edited with J. Jørgenson, T. Ryba, and J. G. Williams (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2009), and Sacrifice and Scripture in Ancient Judaism and Christianity, co-edited with Ann Astell (South Bend: Notre Dame University Press, forthcoming). He teaches ancient Greek and modern drama, contemporary critical theory and philosophy, and the (Hebrew) Bible as Literature. He has long been associated with the work of René Girard, serving as the Executive Secretary of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (formed around René Girard’s work) from 1999 to 2003, and as President from 2003 to 2007.

Jamaican born Professor Patrice Rankine is currently in the Department of Classics & Humanities at Purdue University, where he is the director of the Humanities Program. He is also author of the first major critical and theoretical book on African American Studies and Classics, published in 2007 by Wisconsin: Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African American Studies. Professor Rankine is an expert on Phaedre in Euripides, Seneca, and Racine, as well as contemporary African francophone cultures.

Suzanne Ross is the author of two booksThe Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things and The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire. In 2007, Ross co-founded the Raven Foundation with husband Keith. Based on the principles of mimetic theory, the foundation seeks to make religion reasonable, violence unthinkable and peace a possibility by challenging conventional wisdom and opening the door to new reasoning. Suzanneis a graduate of Bucknell University and a certified Montessori educator. She has extensive experience as a corporate training consultant, and is a former editor of the literary journal, StoryQuarterly. She is the former Director of Christian Education for a United Church of Christ congregation. As a member of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion, she has attended and presented at the annual conferences. Suzanne is a member of the Education Committee of Imitatio, Inc. She lives, works and plays golf with her husband Keith in Glenview, Illinois.


Lookingglass Theatre


Lookingglass formed in 1988 when a group of ambitious college graduates created a process-driven theatre company and unique theatrical experience for the public. Their signature approach to developing plays involves long-term dedication to the development process, presenting work in a theatre with a configurable stage and seating that can change depending on the needs of the production. In 1992, the Lookingglass ensemble extended its vision to serve traditionally underserved populations by reaching out to Chicagoland’s diverse constituency through the creation of our education and community programs department. To date, they have produced 50 world premieres and have received 42 Jefferson Awards and citations and the 2011 Tony Award for Excellence in Regional Theatre.

The Lookingglass Theatre Company combines a physical and improvisational rehearsal process centered on ensemble with training in theatre, dance, music, and the circus arts. They seek to redefine the limits of theatrical experience and to make theatre exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all.

Two Convenient Parking Options

Discounted parking is available the day of the performance at The John Hancock Center Self Park and The Olympia Centre Self Park. Bring your parking ticket to the box office, and our staff will validate it.

– Park at The John Hancock Center Self Park, 875 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 for up to six (6) hours for only $10.00.

– Park at The Olympia Centre Self Park,161 E Chicago AveChicago, IL 60611, for up to six (6) hours for only $10.00.

These special rates for for Lookingglass patrons and are valid only on performance days for paying ticket holders. Parking spaces are subject to availability.

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