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NEH Summer 2012 Institute, “Roman Comedy in Performance”


Plautus, Pseudolus (133-234). All-male cast, directed by Mark Damen, with collaboration from the other group members, Tarik Wareh, Christopher Bungard, Daniel Walin, and Michael Katchmer. Music composed by T. H. M. Gellar-Goad. Clarinetist: Tony Sprinkle.

As the young lover Calidorus and his slave Pseudolus watch on, the pimp Ballio drives his slaves outside his brothel and denounces them for being lazy and wasting his money. He then leads out some prostitutes, including Calidorus' beloved Phoenicium, and insists they bring in more money and gifts. It is, he claims, his birthday. When he leads them back inside his house, Calidorus begs Pseudolus to find some way to free Phoenicium from Ballio.

Filmed in Forest Theatre, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Christopher Bungard, Mark Damen, Michael Katchmer, Daniel Walin, and Tarik Wareh. Extras: Jeanne Neumann, Sophie Klein, Erin Moodie, and Amy Cohen.

Produced at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, July 2012, as part of the NEH Summer Institute, "Roman Comedy in Performance," co-directed by Sharon L. James and Timothy J. Moore. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Department of Classics and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, provided further funding.


This video is a performance featuring Butler University faculty member, Christopher Bungard. Produced at the NEH Summer 2012 Institute. Roman Comedy in Performance. Archived with permission from the Co-Directors of the NEH Summer Institute.