At 9:30 am on April 9th in the Forest Theater (weather permitting), Professor Babcock’s Latin 205 class will be giving a performance of Hrotsvitha’s Calimachus. This 21st-century performance reimagines Hrotsvitha’s 10th-century, Roman comedy-inspired play, set in 1st-century Ephesus, as taking place on a college campus.
Welcome to our 21st century rendition of a 10th century play set in 1st century Ephesus. In an attempt to re-contextualize this medieval play, we’ve made a few adjustments. Our protagonist and his friends will be in togas. This is partly due to the toga party that takes place in the opening scene, but also our way of showing you that Callimachus is a little behind the times. Our leading lady, Drusiana, and the rest of the cast look like your average 21st century teen with the exception of Andronicus, who looks like your everyday nerdy dad. This cast of characters will tell you the story of Callimachus, a frat star, and Drusiana, a devoted worshiper of God. Filled with unrequited love, snakebites, and resurrections, Callimachus is the story of the conversion of a frat boy from sin into righteousness.