The Birds (1939)

Original id: 
Start date: 
21 April 1939
End date: 
22 April 1939
Degree of relationship to ancient play: 
Original language
Media of production: 
Opera, musical and related genres
Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

Information related to this production

Script Author(s)
Birds Aristophanes
Person Role Notes
F. S. Armstrong Actor Herakles
R. R. Beatty Instrumentalist "percussionist and copyist"
Curtis Bennett Actor Basileia
Leonard Bernstein Musical Director
Leonard Bernstein Conductor
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Donald Davidson Actor Peithetairos
David Glazer Instrumentalist clarinet
Samuel Goddard Actor Hoopoe
H. G. Hageman Actor Triballos
Olivia Hall Instrumentalist harp
Raphael Hillyer Instrumentalist first violin
C. B. D. Howell Actor Oracle-Monger
Lawrence B. Leighton Director
J. K. McCormick Actor Iris
Charles T. Murphy Director
Frederick Peachy Actor Chorus Leader
Frederick Peachy Choreographer for the Chorus
C. G. Petrow Actor Poseidon
Richard Wincor Actor Chorus
Venue Festival Dates Notes
University of Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States) 20 April, 1939 to 21 April, 1939 in the Sanders Theatre
Source Format Location if held at the APGRD Pagination
The Birds of Aristophanes Photocopy archive
Harvard Alumni Bulletin Photocopy archive
Play all in Greek given at Harvard Photocopy archive
One of the first comedy hits … Photocopy archive
Leonard Bernstein: The Harvard Years, 1935-1939 Book library iv, 34, 51-52, 71ff., 80ff.; b&w images on title page; plates I, V, VII, IX, XI, 79 and 92
Email from Peter Brown to Amanda Wrigley Personal notes
Past seasons Print-out archive
Professor Donald Davidson Print-out archive
Philosopher's obituary offers an examined life Print-out archive
Aristophanes in Performance, 421 BC-AD 2007: Peace, Birds and Frogs Book library 24, 29 n.73 34

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