Dramatists in the 20th and 21st centuries have repeatedly adapted classical literature to performance on the contemporary stage. In this course we’ll ask after the particular uses, pleasures, and challenges of classical adaptation: why adapt ancient material in the first place? How have contemporary dramatists deviated from their sources, and how have they remained “true” to them? We’ll consider these and other questions in a survey of a century of performance, ranging from early 20th-century modernism to Hadestown. All readings will be in translation. This course will include a trip to a stage production in New York in spring 2020.