Actors engage in airborne tomfoolery during the University Players production of “Big Love.”Actors engage in airborne tomfoolery during the University Players production of “Big Love.” Photo by Doug MacLellan.

Big Love awaits winner of trivia quiz contest

University Players is offering DailyNews readers a chance to win two tickets to see its production of Big Love, continuing through this weekend in the Essex Hall Theatre.

A modern retelling of one of the oldest texts in Western literature, Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Women — the play tells a story of love, murder, passion, food fights, power struggles, refugees, gender politics, and violence.

Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; matinees Saturday and Sunday are at 2 p.m. For more information or tickets, call 519-253-3000, ext. 2808, or visit

To enter the contest, just send your answers to the following three trivia questions about the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus. The winner will be selected at random from all correct responses received by 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.

  1. Aeschylus is often referred to as the father of which dramatic genre?
    a) comedy
    b) fantasy
    c) horror
    d) romance
    e) tragedy
  2. According to Roman naturalist Pliny, how did Aeschylus die?
    a) a bird dropped a tortoise on his head
    b) he was bitten by a venomous spider
    c) he choked on a cactus spine
    d) an incompetent doctor mistreated a wound
    e) he drowned while staring up during a rainfall
  3. The inscription on Aeschylus’ gravestone does not mention his writing career, but does commemorate his participation in which battle?
    a) Aegospotami
    b) Cannae
    c) Marathon
    d) Thermopylae
    e) the siege of Troy

Contest is open to all readers of the DailyNews. Send an e-mail with your responses to One entry per contestant, please. Note: the decision of the judge in determining the most correct response is inviolable.