2021 Plautus's Truculentus
Directed by Jordan Prentice
The McGill Classics Play will be going virtual in February 2021! Watch this space! Any questions can be directed to classicsplay [at] gmail.com (subject: Classics%20Play)
Phronesium is a prostitute running her own high-class brothel in the heart of Athens. As she systematically extracts wealth from the men who frequent her estate, Phronesium explores increasingly unscrupulous ploys to earn a living. Phronesium is cunning and remorseless; why shouldn’t she be? Far from extorting by force, she strategically accepts the gifts offered to her, allowing her suitors to believe they can sway her affection.
In our production, Phronesium and Astaphium, originally courtesans living in a brothel, are reimagined as friends sharing a flat who make a living as Twitch.tv streamers earning donations from the men who frequent their streams. In a modern world, Phronesium has a webcam, an Amazon wishlist, and a carefully crafted online persona. She hones her techniques for eliciting worship from ‘Nice Guys’ who erroneously believe that the fastest way to a woman’s heart is by emptying their wallets.
Our production of Plautus’ Truculentus captures the intricacies of the parasocial bond formed between streamers and their patrons. The audience plays the voyeur as we blend the boundaries between spectator and character.
The McGill Classics Play, generously supported by the McGill Department of History and Classical Studies John MacNaughton bequest fund, is a non-profit venture committed to giving Montreal university students a unique educational experience, while fostering cultural exchanges with our Montreal community around ancient texts. We offer free shows and free workshops open to the community, and we bring in guest speakers for public lectures on Classical drama and performance. Any support you can give in helping us continue this kind of programming is so appreciated. You can donate directly to the McGill Classics Play here, and you will automatically receive a tax receipt for your donation. Thank you for supporting the McGill Classics Play!
In acknowledging our presence on Tiohtià:ke, the un-ceded territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, the 2021 production of Truculentus will also be raising funds for and donating a portion of our revenues to the Montreal Native Women's Shelter. You can donate to them here!