ARTS AND LETTERS:
Add Modern Twist
By CAROLINE DOW
The Shavian quality of Euri-
pides' characters will make the
speech department production of
"Orestes" at 1:30 p.m. today on
WUOM, akin to modern drama.
Euripides, like Shaw, pokes fun
at honored traditions and employs
dramatic irony to lessen the influ-
ence of the Gods and make man
responsible for his own acts, Jerry
Sandler, director of the produc-
The use of Apollo in "Deus Ex
Machina" to give the drama a
Hollywood ending is not just an
easy way out, he adds. It becomes
a way for Euripides to point up the
fact that there is no answer or
easy way out.
The characters are all mortal,
in fact they are "stinkers," as ex-
emplified in the vain Helen of
Troy, who display more insincerity
and sardonicism than heroics,
Thus Euripides comments on the
archaic traditions of Greek God
use of Arrowsmith
which puts the story
s .* +
The classic Greek drama is writ-
ten for the stage and thus the
Chorus should be adaptable to
radio with minor changes.
However, like Miller and Ten-
nessee Williams, Euripides did not
stick to the classic methods of his
time and inserted the Chorus
wherever he felt it was effective,
this could add chaos to a radio
show with the Chorus seemingly
interrupting the dialogue from no-
The only danger on changing
the scripts and stage effects is im-
pairing the inner poetic quality of
the Drama. But the basic beauty
and dignity of Greek poetry is still
captured in this production, Sand-
SEOUL - Syngman Rhee gave
up his presidential powers yester-
day and planned to disband his
Under pressure by rioting Ko-
reans and United States, disap-
proval, Rhee will relinquish his
powers but hold on to the title of
president, becoming symbolic head
Lee Ki Poong, who was recently
elected vice - president, also re-
signed before taking office. He an-
nounced Rhee's resignation.
A cabinet of Conservative mem-
bers and headed by a premier will
be formed soon. Rhee will have no
Opposition leader John M.
Chang, dark-horse vice-president,
also resigned yesterday. He charg-
ed Rhee with irregularities and
police brutality, and said he
wished "to have nothing to do with
the Rhee administration."
After Rhee announced he would
disband his Liberal party, with
which he has ruled for 12 years,
Deputy National Assembly Speak-
er Yi Jai Pak said it would pave
the way for formation of a unified
Lee said he was giving up office
because the new governmental
system with a prime minister and
cabinet made the post of vice-
Violent riots across South Korea
this week protesting the return of
Rhee to the presidency for his
fourth term and the election of
Lee were responsible for the deaths
of more than 100 students.
The students and the opposition
Democratic party had charged
that the elections were rigged. The
Democrats demanded that Rhee
give up his position entirely.
In response to the rioting after
the election, Rhee imposed martial
law on six cities. Following pro-
tests in major cities Tuesday
Rhee's cabinet and the Liberals'
central committee resigned.
WASHINGTON (-) -French
President Charles de Gaulle warn-
ed Russia yesterday that any sud-
den "brutal threat" against Ber-
lin would wreck prospects that the
summit conference can improve
In the midst of talks with Pres-
ident Dwight D. Eisenhower, de ".!fF. Ff..
Gaulle said bluntly that a solu-
tion of the Berlin probeIs Im-
possible at the long-awaited sum-1.f F .
mit parley three weeks hence.
The 69-year-old French leader
expressed confidence however that
the Big Four chiefs can find whats'
he called a "practical start" toward
Ignoring American objections to
the idea, he urged Western and
Communist countries to join in a
program of economic aid to the
two billion people in underde-
De Gaulle, who talked confi-
dentially with Premier Nikita S.
Khrushchev a month ago, strongly
hinted he really doesn't expect the
Soviet leader to set off a new crisis
"It seems to me that had the
Soviet Union wanted to keep on
the pressure and the threat loom-
ing over the West because of Ber- Harvest" swimsheath has a w
lin, it would have done so," he
said. "And the Soviet Union did down, down, down in back that's q
But, apparently with Khrush- view-tiful decoietage of the sun s
chev's unpredictable nature in
mind, de Gaulle added this note of due to the expert shapery of the r
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and West are to be improved, there An elasticized print; 10-16, 19.95
should not dawn upon the confer-
ence the brutal threat of any ques-
tion, and in particular of Berlin."
De Gaulle's main theme, empha-
sized often with a gesture of his
hand, was that East-West leaders
can hope only for a very limited
start in settling problems in view
of current tensions.
He described the quest for a
safeguarded disarmament agree-
ment with the Russians as one of
the main talking points when the
summit conference begins in Paris
on May 16. 217-South Main
He stressed a need for "re-
ciprocal control" of the means of
delivering nuclear weapons-__
planes, missiles and ships.
WEEPING--South Korean mourns for relative whose body he
had just identified in a Seoul morgue. The relative was a victim
of the recent anti-government riots. The riots have brought a
change of policy by South Korean President Syngman Rhee.
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The difficulties of producing a O ptiinistie
2,000 year old stage drama on
radio with a cast unaccustomed to
the radio medium were abated WASHINGTON RP)-Sixty-three
somewhat as the psychological ori- out of 100 students in junior or
entation of the play is similar to senior high school expect to go on
modern plays thus allowing the to college, but only 22 of them ex-
actors to more readily identify pect to have enough money to meet
with the ideas, Sandler continued. expenses.
The difficulties came in keeping This mixture of ambition and
a sense of continuity and giving optimism was reported today by
the actors a sense of the whole Senior Scholastic, a weekly maga-
when the recording was done in zine, after a poll of 7,276 students
bits and snatches due to schedul- in 135 schools all over the country.
ing difficulties. The cast had to The poll showed that 17.3 per
re-make their portrayal philosophy cent of the students questioned do
around complete voice expression. not expect to go on to collece, 19.6
The inflections had to be per- per cent are undecided, and 63 per
fect as they portrayed the whole cent expect they will.
story and the actors were used to Of the 63 out of every 100 stu-
leaning on stage gestures and dents who expect to go to college,
props to convey the situation. Senior Scholastic reported, 22 (35.5
Done well however, the radio per cent) think they will have
medium can have tremendous im- enough money from their savings,
pact as it forces the listener to or their families, to meet their col-
imagine and automatically draws lege expenses. Seventeen (27.1 per
empathy. cent) are certain they won't have
However, as the dialogue was enough, and 24 (37.4 per cent)
Intended for stage support, Sand- didn't know.
ler engaged Don Gillis to write a:
background score for the drama.
It has recurring themes for dif-
fering characters and moods that
would ordinarily be inferred by
the stage setting and acting.
It also aids the sense of reality
necessary for keeping empathy.
Another aid for empathy is the'
elimination of the archaic factor
which haunts Greek drama by the
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