The Trojan Women by Caroline Bird (after Euripides)
CIVIC REP launches back onto the Seattle theatre scene with a production of British playwright and poet Caroline Bird's radical retelling of Euripides' The Trojan Women. Bird transports this famous anti-war tragedy to the modern setting of a prison hospital. Beyond the prison walls, Troy and its people burn. Inside the prison, the citys captive women await their fate. But their grief at what has been before will soon be drowned out by the horror of what is to come, as the Greek lust for vengeance consumes everything man, woman and baby in its path.
"The time is modern but not specified," states Bird. "There are machine guns, condoms, and televisions, but this is also a land ruled over by gods, ancient hierarchies, and the unshakable faith in the power of ceremony."
The production also represents a new direction for Civic Rep who began their work as a company with critically acclaimed productions of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and The Two-Character Play in 2015. Artistic Director L. Zane Jones states, "In 2003, when our country went to war in Iraq, I started directing various adaptations of this play. When we were considering projects for 2016-17, I came upon Caroline Birds version and it stopped me in my tracks. It is so original and unapologetically political. She goes further than most and takes a very good hard look at the power dynamics and problems between the women themselves a necessary and bold critique and challenge to us all, I think."
The adaptation's juxtaposition of modern with ancient and tragedy with humor resonates with director Leah Adcock-Starr. "It's contemporary, brutal, wickedly funny, and dares us to see ourselves and our time reflected in this ancient story of the women of Troy," states Adcock-Starr. "It launches off of Euripides original incendiary text and brings all these badass women of Troy into an even greater pressure cooker of a room (the maternity ward of a prison) and condenses the role of the chorus into a single powerhouse of a woman speaking truth to power."
Directed by Leah Adcock-Starr
L. Zane Jones
Stage Manager: Maren Comendant
Ass't. Stage Manager: Mimi Santos
Set and Costume Design: Julia Welch
Lighting Design: Zanna Paulson
Sound Design: Andy Swan
The Slate Theater (View)
815 Seattle Blvd. S, inside the Inscape Arts Building.
Seattle, WA 98134
|Minimum Age: 15|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|