The Trojan Women
produced by Commonwealth Theatre Center
with support from Kentucky Foundation for Women
On the Republic Bank First Friday Hop Friday February 2nd, @ 7:30pm
The women of Troy are left homeless and await sale as slaves after their husbands are murdered and their children taken from them by a war in which they had no say. As the world contends with the greatest refugee crises since WWII—from Syria to Myanmar, and in every war zone around the world—this ancient Greek play is a reminder of terrible human price of armed conflict.
“Edith Hamilton wrote in her introduction to The Trojan Women that in 415 BC the greatest piece of anti-war literature was written, and then nobody did anything about it,” said Hallie Dizdarevic, director of this production. “With the events that fill our news feeds every day, there’s no other story we can tell right now that could be more relevant.”
This production features contemporary dress, original live music performed by the ensemble, and a cast ranging in age from 6 years old to adults. Students in CTC’s Walden Theatre Conservatory appear in the ensemble alongside veteran actors—and CTC staff—Heather Burns and Jennifer Pennington.
Support from the Kentucky Foundation for Women has enabled CTC students and teaching artists to go beyond the production and raise awareness in the community about the experiences of local refugees. The results of these outreach programs will be on display from the lobby to the stage, showcasing original artworks created by students from the Newcomer Academy at The Academy at Shawnee and from Americana World Community Center.
“I want people to see this play and the outstanding work put in by our cast, production team, and outreach partners,” said Dizdarevic, “But I also want audiences to take what they see and do something about it.”
Representatives from Kentucky Refugee Ministries and Americana will be available in the lobby after performances to inform audiences about how they can take action and improve the lives of people who have experienced events like those in the play. CTC is also facilitating a donation drive to help fulfill the KRM “winter needs” list.
Tickets for evening shows are $15 adult and $10 student/senior. Tickets for Saturday matinees are $10 adult and $8 student/senior. House opens 30 minutes before curtain and seating is general admission. Parking is on-street (parallel, no meters) or in the lot behind the building.
The Trojan Women
translated by Edith Hamilton, directed by Hallie Dizdarevic
January 25 – February 3
Evenings Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays @ 7:30
Matinees on Saturdays @ 2:00
Performed at Commonwealth Theatre Center
on the Nancy Niles Sexton Stage
1123 Payne Street, Louisville, KY 40204
ABOUT THE COMPANY
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