“The way a nation treats its poor and unfortunate citizens, most especially its children, is the mark of how civilized it truly is.” —Gaddarn, Coram Boy
I have found, over time, that I can never really know what I will uncover in my research and explorations in preparation for a play. I know I can count on historical background, accounts of manners and social form,...
Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital
by Emily Viterese, Assistant Dramaturg
Captain Thomas Coram born in 1668 was the founder of the Foundling Hospital located in London. Before he retired to his home in London with his wife he was the master of a trading vessel between England and Massachusetts. He would frequently travel into the city on business and saw...
Notes from the Assistant Dramaturg, Casey Krosser
Handel is considered one of the greatest English composers of the Baroque period. Handel’s father, like Alexander Ashbrook’s in Coram Boy, did not support his son’s passion for music. Instead Handel’s father pressured his son to become a lawyer. Nevertheless Handel continued to study and became...
By: Matthew R. Reis—Staff Writer | February 23, 2011
All of the drama, love and despair of the Orpheus myth return to Ithaca College for a third time. After staging “Euridice” in 2009 and “Metamorphoses” in 2008, the theater department takes on the Italian opera “L’Orfeo” by Claudio Monteverdi, another retelling of the tale.
Like many great classical writers of his time little is known about Euripides beyond his body of work. We do know that he was born in Athens and he died in the Kingdom of Macedonia. He was born into a well-off family in the politically centralized city of Athens. Euripides lived during the infamous Peloponnesian War that plagued the Peninsula from north to south. He was elected to participate...