VOICES OF POMPEII

If Their Ghosts Could Talk

Pompeii. A devastating eruption. An ancient fascination. A city preserved in death. But what went on before they died? And what if their ghosts could talk? In an archeological dig of a theatrical kind Mad Cow Theatre focuses on the heart of life for a woman in an ancient empire.

Instructions:

Hovering over the roman numerals in the interactive map below, your show comes to life in the comfort of your own home with a series of seven pop-up videos. Each virtual monologue stands alone, but if you view them in order, they form a concert of women’s lives intertwined. From wealthy landowners, midwives, and priestesses, to mothers, courtesans and slaves, you will discover what it was like to be a woman in Pompeii.

In an archeological dig of a theatrical kind Mad Cow Theatre focuses on the heart of life for a woman in an ancient empire.

Instructions:

Hovering over the roman numerals in the interactive map below, your show comes to life in the comfort of your own home with a series of seven pop-up videos.

map

I. House of Menander

II. Flat of Demetrius the Painter

III. The House of Julia Felix

IV. Slave Quarters

V. Insulae of Lucia the Midwife

VI. Lupanar (Brothel)

VII. Temple of Venus

POMPEII IN THE PARK: Ancient Tales & Magical Myths

How does an hourglass, a field notebook, and a time-traveling archeologist bring the tall tales of an ancient time to the kids in our town? By bringing Pompeii to the Parks! Part entertainment, part education, Mad Cow Theatre’s original, family-friendly show is performed on grassy knolls in a handful of parks around town during the month of January.

As our warm and witty storyteller from a bygone era, Gertrude the Archeologist uses her magical hourglass to turn the sands of time to bring her and her assistant into our time. Then, surrounded by pods of families seated in the grass, Gertrude’s hourglass—and her absentminded assistant’s field notebook—bring back the ancient tales and magical myths of the goddesses of Pompeii.

TASTE OF POMPEII: From the House of Amarantus

What if a fresco featuring the Women of Pompeii could be brought from the House of Amarantus to the streets of the City Beautiful? For two weekends in January, Mad Cow Theatre plans to do just that, celebrating the flavors of “the Immortal City” in a safe and socially distant outdoor event on Church Street.

In between small plates and perfectly paired wines, inspired by the riches of Mount Vesuvius, ancient music and haunting stories spill forth, as does a feisty combat scene and a moving dance—all created exclusively for this night. It is as if the ghosts of the Women of Pompeii have come to us, weaving their way between courses of food and wine while live music creates the soundtrack for an evening of entertainment under the stars.