Episode 2: The Bacchae

After a rather broad first episode, we decided we’d narrow our focus and center most future episodes around one play. Of course we started with one we both love: The Bacchae. However, we both realized– in very different ways– that the play we regarded so fondly was much more problematic than either of us remembered. We grapple with that, while chatting about cults, queerness, hypocritical politicians, and John Waters movies. (Divine clearly should have played Dionysus.) We also sort all the characters into Hogwarts houses. Of course.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with feedback, questions, ideas, thoughts! We love talking about this stuff and want to open up the conversation. You can find us on Twitter– @KatrinkaSasha for Katie, @PMagid for Pesha– or email us at awalkingshadowpod@gmail.com.

Things we mention in this episode:

The Bacchae by Euripides

You Must Remember This podcast– specifically, their series called Charles Manson’s Hollywood 

Pink Flamingos (1972), dir. by John Waters 

Multiple Maniacs (1970), dir. by John Waters

The entire Harry Potter series

We also mention film noir; I would point you to Double Indemnity (1940, dir. by Billy Wilder) as a good example of a movie where the woman is punished, but is still the strongest, coolest character in the film.

 

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Episode 1: The Ladies

This podcast started with an enthusiastic conversation in a Kadikoy pub. Over beer and popcorn, Pesha and I started talking about our mutual love for Greek tragedies, and how relevant they feel during these dark times, and how badass some of the female characters are. Partway through, we decided that it would be pretty cool to turn this into a podcast.

So here we are.

We started with one of the topics that was closest to our hearts– the strong and fascinating women who appear in some of our favorite plays. From Clytemnestra, the wronged wife of a returning war hero in Agamemnon, to Hecuba, the bereaved survivor queen on the losing side of the Trojan War in The Trojan Women, to Antigone, the headstrong daughter of Oedipus who defies a king in Antigone, women in Greek tragedies find ways to assert themselves and drive the narrative. We also talk about Iphigenia, Cassandra, Lysistrata, and other Greek ladies we love.

And, to step back a bit, we make a pitch for the relevancy of theater, in general. If you’re not sure why you should care… we’re here for you.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with feedback, questions, ideas, thoughts! We love talking about this stuff and want to open up the conversation. You can find us on Twitter– @KatrinkaSasha for Katie, @PMagid for Pesha– or email us at awalkingshadowpod@gmail.com.

Things we mention in this episode:

Aristotle’s Poetics, where he analyzes tragedy

Agamemnon by Aeschylus

The Trojan Women by Euripides

Antigone by Sophocles

The Iliad by Homer

Welcome to the pod!

Hello friends! One day we were sitting at a bar in Kadikoy, drinking beer in the sun, eating popcorn and nerding over ancient Greek theatre. As one does. It was the first time we realized that we both loved Greek theatre and we could not stop talking. It is hard to find people who find plays from 430 BC genuinely exciting and super relevant.

Something we both believe is that Greek plays have never stopped being meaningful. But we’d like to not be the only people at the table nerding out. We’re hoping through this podcast we can open up that conversation to as much of the Internet we can manage. So sit down, have a listen and we’ll make you realize that Greek tragedy is cool. Really. We promise. Don’t go anywhere.