Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company? Madame Butterfly at the Santa Fe Opera? Laurel and Hardy? Woody Allen? Or your deep dark secret, every Freddy Krueger movie? Whether you’re high-brow, low-brow, or no-brow, you’re watching a pattern for entertainment formulated over 2,000 years ago. Three acts, comic relief, stage left or right, slapstick, and many other devices were invented by ancient Greeks to celebrate their gods, bring communities together, and quite simply, keep boredom at bay. Along the way, they also invented dance rhythms that became the basic meters of Western poetry. Join us at the proscenium, check out the scenery, gaze at the masks of tragedy and comedy – and finally understand what iambic pentameter is.