BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents the timeless tragedy “The Trojan Women” by Euripides, as adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 6 – 9, at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 10. The play follows four women who have lost their loved ones in the Trojan War and are now refugees in their own city.
Ticket prices are $8 for students, $13 for faculty/staff and seniors, and $15 for adults. For more information visit http://theatre.appstate.edu, or call the box office at 828-262-3063 or the toll-free number 800-841-ARTS (2787). Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m.
The classic story “The Trojan Women” is set in the wake of the devastating Grecian defeat of the City of Troy. Three recently widowed Trojan women lament their loss on a beach below the ravaged city. Though the battles may be over, doom lies ahead as they wait to be claimed by their Greek conquerors as slaves and concubines through the spoils of war. The plot follows Queen Hecuba, her daughter Cassandra – the mad prophetess, and her daughter-in-law Andromache, widow of the great Hector, and beautiful Helen of Troy, “the face that launched a thousand ships.”
According to director Dr. Ray Miller, it can be difficult to make tragedies from antiquity relevant for today. However, Miller promises “an experience that will make ancient Greece accessible and relatable.”
To this end, playwright Ellen McLaughlin’s modern and easily understood translation of the play is performed instead of Euripides’ original text. With an accessible script, carefully choreographed movement and costuming evocative of current American military conflicts in the Middle East, the production team hopes to bridge the gap between the shared experiences of the “The Trojan Women” and of American audience members. Furthermore, Miller plans to set the production neither in ancient nor modern times, but rather in a luminal space. When speaking about his concept for the show, he said, “The women are kind of like the people of Syria… they’re refugees.”
Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street. The door faces the back of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available in faculty lots after 5 p.m., and in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons after 5:30 p.m. Parking is also available in the Rivers Street parking deck and the Howard Street parking area adjacent to the Miles Annas Building.
The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educations for the B.S. degree in teaching theatre arts and the B.A. degrees in dance studies or theatre arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship, and service.