A Tradition of Latin Plays

Miles Gloriosus dress rehearsal2

SIx characters from the cast of Miles Gloriosus struggle to perfect their pig puns at the dress rehearsal in 2014.

Every other year, Classics students at St. Olaf College take to the stage and perform one of the surviving ancient Roman comedies by Titus Maccius Plautus (c. 254-c. 184 BCE).

In addition to giving two performances at St. Olaf, we take the show on the road to several other schools in Minnesota. We adapt Plautus’ humor to make the play suitable for children as well as adults. Each performance includes six songs. Our actors speak a hybrid of English and Latin. The show has no intermission and runs 50-60 minutes. The performances are free and open to the general public. For more on the plays, see this article in Didaskalia.

DVD’s of past productions are available for purchase from the director, Prof. Anne Groton.