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Rush Rehm


Professor of Classics and Theater & Performing Studies
PhD Stanford

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Professor of Theater and Performand Studies, and of Classics at Stanford University, Rush Rehm is the author of Aeschylus' Oresteia: A Theatre Version (Melbourne 1978), Greek Tragic Theatre (Routledge: London 1992), Marriage to Death: The Conflation of Wedding and Funeral Rituals in Greek Tragedy (Princeton 1994), The Play of Space: Spatial Transformation in Greek Tragedy (Princeton 2002), and Radical Theatre: Greek Tragedy and the Modern World (Duckworth: London 2003).

Recent contributions to edited volumes include “Aeschylus” and “Sophocles”, in Space in Ancient Greek Literature: Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative, Vol. 3, ed. I.J.F de Jong (Leiden and Boston, 2012); “Ritual in Sophocles,” in Brill Companion to Sophocles, ed. A. Markantonatos (Leiden and Boston, 2012);  “Tragedy and Privilege,” in The Play of Texts and Fragments: Essays in Honour of Martin Cropp, ed. J.R.C. Cousland and J.R. Hume, Mnemosyne Supplement 314 (Leiden and Boston 2009) 235-253; “The Future of Dramatic Literature,” in Text and Presentation 28, ed. S. Constantinidis (2008) 216-18; “‘If you are a woman’: Theatrical Womanizing in Sophocles’ Antigone and Fugard, Kani, and Ntshona’s The Island,” in Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds, edd. C. Gillispie and L. Hardwick (Cambridge 2007; paperback 2010) 211-27; "Festivals and Audiences in Athens and Rome," in Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre, edd. M. Walton and M. McDonald (Cambridge 2007) 184-201; “Antigone and Family Values,” Antigone’s Answer: Essays on Death and Burial, Family and State in Classical Athens, ed. C.B. Patterson (Helios 2006 Supplement) 187-218; “Cassandra--The Prophetess Unveiled,” in Agamemnon in Performance, edd. E. Hall and F. McIntosh (Oxford 2006) 343-58; "Sophocles on Fire--To Pyr in Philoctetes," in Sophocles and the Greek Language: Aspects of Diction, Syntax, and the Greek Language, eds. I.J.F. de Jong and A. Rijksbaron (Leiden: Brill 2006) 95-107; "Festivals and Audiences in Athens and Rome", in Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre, eds. M. Walton and M. McDonald (Cambridge 2006); "Cassandra--The Prophetess Unveiled" in Agamemnon in Performance, eds. E. Hall and F. McIntosh (Oxford 2006); "Sophocles on Fire" in Sophocles and the Greek Language, eds. I. de Jong and A. Rijksbaron (Leiden: Brill 2006); “Introduction,” R.C Jebb’s commentary, Oedipus at Colonus (London: Duckworth 2004).

He also directs and acts professionally, serving as Artistic Director of Stanford Summer Theater. A political activist, Rush is involved in anti-war and anti-imperialist actions, and in solidarity campaigns with Palestine, Cuba, East Timor, and Nicaragua. 

Current projects

Directing  premiere of Giancarlo Aquilanti's opera Oxford Companions in Bing Concert Hall, February 2014

Directing J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls, starring Jim Carpenter Stanford Pigott Theater (co-production of TAPS, Ethics in Society, and SST), April 2014

Presenting Stanford Summer Theater (SST) 2014 Orson Welles Festival, including directing productions of Welles' Moby Dick - Rehearsed (starring Rod Gnapp as Ahah) and War of the Worlds; offering a free film series on Welles, a CSP Course "Welles and His Sources," and a community symposium, "Sea Change: Welles and Melville" June - August 2014. For information, go to sst.stanford.edu.

Re-mounting Beckett's Happy Days/Oh les beaux jours, starring Courtney Walsh, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, December 2014.


Publications see CV


Current Projects: 
Stanford Summer Theate 2014 Festival

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