Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Period of Performance

10/1/2008 - 3/31/2010

Funding Totals

$292,585.00 (approved)
$292,585.00 (awarded)

Page and Stage: Theatre, Tradition, and Culture in America

FAIN: GI-50019-08

Aquila Theatre Company Inc. (New York, NY 10003-6671)
Peter Meineck (Project Director: January 2008 to June 2010)

Implementation of a series of reading and performance discussion programs in seven states and a website about how the themes of classical Greek and Roman drama continue to resonate today across a variety of racial and ethnic subcultures.

Page and Stage: Theater, Tradition and Culture in America is an in-depth partnership between the library and the theater. This project will place live theatrical events, reading groups and lectures in public libraries to inspire people to come together and read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life. The Aquila Theater Company, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), the American Philological Association (APA) and the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University will develop and guide this program that will forge a unique partnership between 16 public libraries with their local performing arts centers. The program will take place from March 2009 to May 2010 and will be hosted by Brooklyn, Memphis, Newark, Topeka, Lawrence, Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, Fort Lauderdale, Nashville, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Newcastle, NY, Queens, NY, San Diego, White Plains, NY and Newport News, VA.

Associated Products

"Page and Stage": Theater, Tradition, and Culture in America -Seven Papers in a special edition (Article)
Title: "Page and Stage": Theater, Tradition, and Culture in America -Seven Papers in a special edition
Author: Peter Meineck
Author: Daniel Banks
Author: Joy Connelly
Author: Stanley Lombrado
Author: Dorota Dutsch
Author: John Buxton and Jay Painter
Author: Nancy Tessman
Abstract: "Page and Stage: Theater, Tradition, and Culture in America" was a major classics-based public program supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities that toured the United States in 2008-9. This paper traces the origins and development of this groundbreaking new program that united professional theater artists with classicists and librarians to reach an audience of over 88,000 people and sought to inspire dynamic public programming between American libraries and performing arts centers. The program was based around Homer's Iliad and involved performances, lectures, reading groups, film screenings, post-performance discussions, free books, and a new Web site (
Year: 2010
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Classical World and Project Muse
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Classical World
Publisher: Classical World 103, no. 2 (2010): 221-226.