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Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon

Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon

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We are the Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon.
Here is our story:

How often can you say that you have seen a Greek play performed as close to the original as possible? Well, in Portland you can with thanks to Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon.

Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon was created in Portland in 1986 to present the works of the ancient playwrights in style and setting as close to the original as possible. Each year this dedicated organization produces such Greek classics as ‘Promethus Bound’, ‘Alcestis’ and ‘Orestes’ by Euripides and “Antigone’. Costume design is based on ancient Greek vase-paintings to allow the plays to be truly authentic. Performances are given outdoors by daylight and the company offers a weekly matinee performance at a lower cost for high school and college students. The company also offers a complimentary one-day seminar for teachers to help with the instruction of Greek Tragedies. Spirit Mountain Community Fund has gifted five grants totaling $22,000 to this company to allow them to continue to bring ancient theatre to modern times.

Former Artistic Director Keith Scales said, “Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon is proud and honored to have received support over several years from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Without this assistance, thousands of students and adults would have been deprived of the opportunity to attend our productions of the first and greatest examples of dramatic literature in the world. Thanks, Spirit Mountain!”

Support from Spirit Mountain Community Fund allows Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon to move forward with brand new programming including the traditional ancient form of Greek theatre, new co-productions and theatre festivals. Spirit Mountain Community Fund’s support helps Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon remain the only year-round professional international Greek Theatre in the United States.