Peter Meineck won’t have to go far for his latest project.
Meineck, the artistic director of the Aquila Theatre (and a professor of classics at NYU), lives in Katonah, but he’ll be bringing the classics to the Mount Kisco Public Library (100 E. Main St.), from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 15.
Meineck says the free program, “Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives” — which received the Chairman’s Special Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities — will be of particular interest to veterans and their families as it deals with issues that resonate particularly with them.
The program will include readings from Homer’s “Odyssey,” Sophocles’ “Ajax,” Euripides’ “Heracles” and Aeschylus’ “Agamemnon.”
His cast includes actors whose talents have graced the stages of the Royal Shakespeare Company, London’s Royal National Theatre and Broadway, breathing life into ancient Greek plays and putting them in contemporary contexts.
Meineck told The Wall Street Journal: “If you want to understand catharsis watch veterans watch a Greek play… I’d like thousands of people to feel like they’ve learned something about the Greeks, and to be empowered to go learn more… And I’d like to really invigorate libraries and arts centers, to let them see they can have serious high-end programs.”
Meineck will lead a town-hall discussion after the staged reading.
Mount Kisco is just one of 100 towns to hear “Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives,” a partnership between the Aquila Theatre Company, the Urban Libraries Council, the American Philological Association, the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University and the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.
The goal, organizers say, is “to inspire people to come together to read, see and think about classical literature and how it influences and invigorates American cultural life.”