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Bailey Cove Classics: Trojan Women

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Author: 
Euripides
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Trojan Women

Describes with unparalleled intensity the horrific brutality that both women and children undergo at the end of the Trojan War, but in the end is a play that insists on the victory of spirit amid the horrors created by gods and men. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Trojan Women

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Bailey Cove Classics: Othello

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Monday, October 3, 2005 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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William Shakespeare
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Othello

A powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination (between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona), with elopement, and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Othello

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Bailey Cove Classics: Oresteia

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Author: 
Aeschylus
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Oresteia

The Oresteia, the only extant trilogy among the Greek tragedies, is one of the great foundational texts of Western culture. Beginning with Agamemnon, which describes Agamemnon's return from the Trojan War and his murder at the hands of his wife, Clytemnestra, and continuing through Orestes' murder of Clytemnestra in Libation Bearers and his acquittal at Athena's court in Eumenides, the trilogy traces the evolution of justice in human society from blood vengeance to the rule of law. The story of the house of Atreus is a tale of incest, adultery, human sacrifice, cannibalism, and political intrigue. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Oresteia

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Bailey Cove Classics: Desire Under the Elms

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Monday, November 7, 2005 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Author: 
Eugene O'Neill
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Desire Under the Elms

Widower Ephraim Cabot abandons his New England farm to his three sons, who hate him but share his greed. Eben, the youngest and brightest sibling, feels the farm is his birthright, as it originally belonged to his mother. He buys out his half-brothers' shares of the farm with money stolen from his father, and Peter and Simeon head off to California to seek their fortune. Later, Ephraim returns with a new wife, the beautiful and headstrong Abbie, who enters into an adulterous affair with Eben. Soon after, Abbie bears Eben's child, but lets Ephraim believe that the child is his, in the hopes of securing her future with the farm. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Desire Under the Elms

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Bailey Cove Classics: Mourning Becomes Electra

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Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Eugene O'Neill
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Mourning Becomes Electra

This play updates the Greek myth of Orestes to the family of a Northern general in the American Civil War. Agamemnon is now General Ezra Mannon, Clytemnestra is his second wife Christine, Orestes is his son Orin, and Electra is his daughter Lavinia. As an updated Greek tragedy, the play features murder, adultery, incestuous love and revenge, and even a group of townspeople who function as a kind of Greek chorus. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Mourning Becomes Electra

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Bailey Cove Classics: Julius Caesar

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Monday, December 5, 2005 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Author: 
William Shakespeare
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Julius Caesar

In this striking tragedy of political conflict, Shakespeare turns to the ancient Roman world and to the famous assassination of Julius Caesar by his republican opponents. The play is one of tumultuous rivalry, of prophetic warnings--"Beware the ides of March"--and of moving public oratory "Friends, Romans, countrymen!" Ironies abound and most of all for Brutus, whose fate it is to learn that his idealistic motives for joining the conspiracy against a would-be dictator are not enough to sustain the movement once Caesar is dead. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Julius Caesar

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Bailey Cove Classics: The Odyssey

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Monday, January 9, 2006 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Homer
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The Odyssey

The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey though life. Odysseus's reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: The Odyssey

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Bailey Cove Classics: Medea

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Author: 
Euripides
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Medea

Witch, barbarian, foreigner, or a woman wronged and committed to the most horrific kind of justice, Medea is a heroine who makes her audience shudder. Euripides shows us an astonishingly strong female protagonist, whom some readers have identified as the first feminist in Western literature. Seeing where her strength leads her, though, we must wonder if she was intended to be portrayed a model or as a warning. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Medea

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Bailey Cove Classics: Picture of Dorian Gray

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Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Author: 
Oscar Wilde
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Picture of Dorian Gray

A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception, or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Picture of Dorian Gray

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Bailey Cove Classics: Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Monday, February 13, 2006 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Author: 
Zora Neale Hurston
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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Their Eyes Were Watching God

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