Project--Make Your Own "Greek Tragedy" Your play will have the following structure:
Characters speak, perhaps directly to the audience.  Tell us what the play is going to be about, and what you think we will learn from it.
Chorus, in unison, tells us what has happened before the beginning of the action of the play.  They should also tell us who they are.  If you want, you can have the chorus speak in verse.  (In a real Greek play, the chorus would "enter" here, but since the "audience" is serving as chorus, we'll just assume that part.  But if you want, you can have them say something about "entering.")  It is often unnatural at first for the students to write in verse but once pushed, they usually become wonderfully creative.
Episode 1
Characters, in masks, of course, act out the beginning of the action of the play.  If you want, you can have the chorus interrupt the action to ask questions or make comments.  (If you are going to do this, make sure you have copies of the whole play, rather than just the chorus parts, to hand out to the "audience.") Remember that characters in Greek Tragedy tend to talk a lot about decision making and moral choices‹what should I do?  Am I doing the right thing? Etc.  Remember that anything violent should take place offstage, with a character or "messenger" entering to tell us what happened.
Choral Ode 1
Chorus speaks about something connected with the theme of the story, but not necessarily about the story itself.  Or, if you prefer, you may use a popular song or poem here, that you think expresses the mood or theme at this point in the play.  If you use a poem, the "audience" will read it in unison.  If you use a popular song, you may simply play it on the stereo at this point.  (In a real Greek Tragedy the chorus would probably also "dance" at this point.  You can't expect the audience to do this, since they won't have rehearsed, but if you want, you can have the members of your group perform the movements of the chorus while the "audience" reads or the song plays.  This is NOT, however, required.).
Episode 2
Characters act out the next part of the story, again with choral comment if you want.
Choral Ode 2
(See Choral Ode 1)
(If necessary, you may add more Episodes and Odes here.)
Final Episode
Characters act out the end of the story.
As or after the characters leave, the chorus tells us what we have learned from the story.