Translator Sarah Ruden to Lead Discussion Following Hole in the Wall Theater’s 11/14 Performance of Lysistrata


The Hole in the Wall Theater (HITW) in New Britain will welcome Translator Sarah Ruden to lead a discussion after the Saturday, November 14th production of Lysistrata by Aristophanes.

Ms. Ruden was raised in the United Methodist Church and is a “convinced Friend” or Quaker convert of twenty years’ standing. She holds a Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. She has taught Latin, English, and writing at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Cape Town, and has been a tutor for the South African Education and Environment Project, an education-enrichment nonprofit in Cape Town. She was a scholar in residence for three years at Yale Divinity School and a Guggenheim fellow, and is now a visiting scholar at Brown University.

She is a poet, translator, essayist, and popularizer of Biblical linguistics. A collection of her poetry, Other Places (William Waterman Publications, 1995, later distributed by HarperCollins) won the South African Central News Agency Literary Award, and her poems appear in The National Review and religious periodicals. She made use of her experience in publishing several book-length translations of pagan literature to write Paul among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time (Knopf, 2010). Augustine’s Confessions: A New Translation from Random House/Penguin in 2016 and The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible is forthcoming from Knopf in February 2017.

HITW will present Lysistrata by Aristophanes in a sexy new translation by Sarah Ruden. Performances run Fridays & Saturdays from November 13 through December 5 at 8:00pm with one Sunday matinee on November 22 at 2:00pm.   Lysistrata is under the direction of Rachel Teagle of New Haven. Tickets are $20.00 (General Admission) and $15.00 (students & seniors). They can be purchased at the door and online at The November 27th performance will be our Pay-What-You-Can performance where you name the price of your ticket. Lysistrata is funded in part with the support of the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation.

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