Ancient Greek Play About War Inspires Modern Adaptation, Trojan Women
A modern retelling of an ancient Greek tragedy, Trojan Women is infused with fragments of text by intellectuals, artists, war survivors, and even excerpts from the Kama Sutra and Geraldo Rivera show. The play is being presented by the Douglas College departments ofTheatre, and Stagecraft and Event Technology March 20-27.
Written by Charles Mee, and adapted from the original work by Greek playwright Euripides, Trojan Women takes place in the aftermath of the mythological Trojan War. The city of Troy has been sacked and the women who lived there face grim futures as captives of the conquering Greeks.
“This play is harsh, it’s intense and it deals with the senseless savagery of war. Our theatre students have done a remarkable job of taking the time to process the difficult material in the script and turn it into a performance that will engage and enlighten,” director Thrasso Petras says.
The ensemble cast of Douglas College theatre students includes: Jackson Boudreau (from Vernon); Robyn Crawford (Coquitlam); Zoe Frank (Port Alberni); Ben Groberman (Victoria); Thomas Halkes (Surrey); Mikayla Hart (White Rock); Kaleigh Skye Almond McDonald (Surrey); Dan McPeake (Victoria); Allie Melchert (New Westminster); Sarah Mendoza (Surrey); Morgan Lianne Oehlschlager (Burnaby); Ashley Scigliano (Coquitlam); Claire Temple (Northern B.C.); and Levi Williams (Burnaby).
Trojan Women runs March 20-27 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($8-$12) are available through Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.
Thrasso Petras, Director
For cast headshots or contact information:
Krista Eide, Arts Event Officer
604 527 5723