Adaptation: A playwright rewrites a 500-year old play to fit it to contemporary times. Another playwright does the same thing with the same play 500 years later. A successful book becomes a Broadway musical, which becomes a movie. A movie is reimagined as a Broadway musical. And so forth. In this class we¹ll take a look back over the past 2500 years of creative artists adapting material for theatre and performance. Discussions include adapting historical and mythical events for the stage, revising earlier dramatic work for new audiences, and translating dramatic literature into newer media.