Philip Lerman Talks About His Adaptations of
IPHIGENIA AT AULIS and THE TROJAN WOMEN
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THESE ADAPTATIONS?
A: In 1998 I started a theatre company that would offer students hands-on experience to serious works of drama. These amateur actors wanted to perform classics. Modern plays tend to be more topical, built around a particular event. These are larger plays that teach larger lessons. The ethical problems remain true to life.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE ADAPTATIONS?
Every part and line.
Q: WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART IN CREATING THESE ADAPTATIONS?
A: Typing the scripts!
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THESE ADAPTATIONS?
A: Simplified modern versions that makes the classics more accessible.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: I believe these adaptations remain true to the dramatic intent of the original classic.