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The Arachnids of Richmond

Poulakos, John (2009) The Arachnids of Richmond. (Unpublished)

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Following the spirit of Aristophanes, this comedy combines ancient Greek and contemporary elements to point to the inspiration that nature can provide to the solution of human problems. Istotle speaks to Diktyophanes about three problems that threaten to destroy the world – the extinction of acrobats, the nightmares babies are having, and the staggering amount of information produced daily. Spiderman presents himself as deux ex macbina claiming that he can solve all three problems. Answering Istotle and Diktyophanes’ questions, he informs them that he runs a shop on Acharnnon street, where his workers (the Spiders) work tirelessly for the good of humanity. Spiderman goes to the shop and interrupts the Spiders, who are talking about their amorous adventures during the weekend. He asks them to get to work for a great cause. For their part, they weave three objects designed to solve all three problems – a safety net, a dream-catcher, and the World Wide Web.


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Item Type: Other
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Poulakos, Johnpoulakos@pitt.eduPOULAKOS
Date: April 2009
Date Type: Publication
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spiders, Arachnids, Insects, Richmond, Comedy, Aristophanes, Spiderman, Play, Drama, Technology, Nature, Greek, Ancient, Rhetoric, Communication
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 14:27
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 14:02


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