by Estelle Rosen
Elizabeth Ten-Hove, a Classics student in her final year at McGill, is currently directing the McGill Classics Play’s 2013 production, Sophocles’ Philoktetes. In previous years, she played Kassandra in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon and Hippolytos in Euripides’ Hippolytos. Beyond McGill, she has served as stage manager for Oimoi Productions’ Hippolytos (2012 Montreal Fringe), and most recently appeared as a member of the Choir of Theban Women in Scapegoat Carnivale’s October 2012 production of Euripides’ Bacchae.
CHARPO: I was intrigued to learn about McGill Classics Play. Tell us about the background and why Sophocles's Philoktetes for the 2013 McGill Classic Play's presentation?
TEN-HOVE: I was fortunate enough to arrive at McGill at the same time as Lynn Kozak, a professor of Ancient Greek whose interests include Greek drama and its reception. She had been involved in productions of ancient tragedy elsewhere, and wanted to start a similar program at McGill. Everyone in the department was on board with the idea, and the result was our February 2011 production of the Agamemnon.
The rehearsal process also provides new perspective in a different way. One of the key goals of the Classics Play is inclusivity, and anyone, whether they are in Classics or engineering or anything in between, is welcome to participate. Our choros usually ends up a motley crew, but so much the better! The thoughts of those who are less well-versed in the texts and their historical contexts are always eye-opening, and it’s a real joy for those of us who are in Classics to be able to share something we love with those who might not otherwise have the chance to encounter it.