Dive into the history and artistry of Greek drama and Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation with expert panelists.
Join us for a tour de force panel discussion with actors, scholars, lawyers and more as we journey through the rich themes of Ellen McLaughlin’s new play based on The Oresteia and how it connects to our society, views on justice and more.
Madeline Miller earned her BA and MA in Classics from Brown University. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for the past twenty years. She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times bestseller. It has been translated into over twenty-five languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek. Madeline was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant number 1 New York Times bestseller, is currently short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and won the 2018 Elle Big Book Award. Madeline’s essays have appeared in a number of publications including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Telegraph, Lapham’s Quarterly and NPR.org. She currently lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Claire Catenaccio is an assistant professor of Classics at Georgetown University, specializing in Greek drama. She has written on the significance of lamed figures in Greek mythology, on the use of masks in Attic tragedy, on the imagery of dreams in Aeschylus’ Oresteia, and on singing actors in Sophocles’ Trachiniae. As an dramaturg and director, she has worked extensively with modern stagings of ancient texts, and for the past six years has experimented with the active speaking of Greek and Latin as an instructor for the Paideia Institute.
Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe is a dramaturg and Series Editor for NoPassport Press’s Dreaming the Americas Series. Current projects include Dramaturg for Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem at Theater Alliance and America v.2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro at Barrington Stage Company. He has developed new works at Sundance Institute, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Center, Kennedy Center and National New Play Network. He was a Lecturer of Theatre Arts at Howard University, Associate Artistic Director at banished? productions, and Future ClassicsProgram Coordinator at The Classical Theatre of Harlem.
Attorney Clayborne E. Chavers, Sr. is the Chair and founder of The Chavers Firm, LLC. Early in Attorney Chavers’ career, he served as director of civil rights compliance at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he authored and established its civil rights compliance program throughout the United States. The Chavers Firm, LLC has developed corporate diversity plans designed to assist Fortune 1000 companies in taking a prospective approach to avoid potential civil rights violations. Attorney Chavers and The Chavers Firm, LLC have been designated with the highest recognition for an attorney by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent A/V-rated attorney in the fields of arts and entertainment law, civil rights, and diversity and inclusion. Attorney Chavers was the first chairman of the Entertainment, Sports, and Art and Law Section of the National Bar Association and founded the Washington Area Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He served for several elected terms on the Sports Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Section of the D.C. Bar Association. He was the first general counsel and charter member of the Association of American Cultures. He also represents numerous award-winning writers, directors, and talent of television, theater, radio, and screen, and has represented a broad spectrum of clients consisting of individuals, large corporate entities, organizations, nonprofit associations, and foreign governments. Attorney Chavers has over 25 years of experience in representing employees in key civil rights cases, such as his landmark civil rights suit against Eastman Kodak, resulting in a settlement of $21.4 million. He also developed and taught the first-ever DC Bar CLE course in arts, entertainment and sports law at the Georgetown University Law Center.