F413 Fall 2018 The Almost Perfect Story
Thursdays, 2:15–3:40, Sept. 20–Nov. 8
Instructor: Skip Bromley
Watching a good movie is entertaining. Watching that same movie, and understanding how Greek myths are woven into its fabric, enriches that experience. This class will explore the influence that ancient Greek gods and figures have on modern day stories. The movies Castaway and Seabiscuit will be presented in the context of the impact of ancient Greek myths on these particular works. You will meet Prometheus, Demeter, Zeus, Hermes, and Midas to discover how they influence these movies. You will understand how modern storytelling reflects elements of the same stories told in earlier times. History is said to repeat itself, and stories do the same.
Skip Bromley is an award-winning teacher who worked for Fairfax County Public Schools for 37 years. He was recognized for his tenure at Oakton High School with the naming of the school auditorium in his honor. He was grateful this was not a posthumous recognition. He studied theatre at Catholic University, and has produced and directed hundreds of plays and musicals throughout his career. He has been deeply influenced by Greek mythology and history, weaving his knowledge into the development of a modern-day curriculum appealing to all ages.