Stanford Classics in Theater (SCIT) has been promoting classical theater through original research, rehearsal, and production since its foundation in 2008. Spearheaded by the graduate students of the Department of Classics, SCIT also brings together thespians from across the Stanford community.
Most recently SCIT produced a space-western adaptation of Plautus’ tale of twins, mistaken identity, and (in our version) robots, the Menaechmi. The 2016–17 season saw the debut of our gender-flipped adaptation of Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae, featuring the notorious RBG infiltrating a men’s rights activist group. The year before we drew on the fragmented pre-election climate and the fragmentary remains of several ancient comedies to produce The Republican Party in Pieces: A Comedy in Fragments, while in 2013–14 and 2015–16 SCIT burst onto the San Francisco stage with Plautus’ Casina (Humanities West) and an epichoric production of Aristophanes’ Birds as The Nerds (SCS/AIA 2016, with the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance).