The Trojan Women
translated by Edith Hamilton, directed by Hallie Dizdarevic
January 25 – February 3 at CTC
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 the terrible human price of armed conflict.
“Edith Hamilton wrote in her introduction to The Trojan Women that in 416 BC the greatest piece of anti-war literature was written, and then nobody did anything about it,” said Hallie Dizdarevic, director of this production. “Current events being what they are, there’s no other story we can tell right now that could be more relevant.”
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
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 actors Heather Burns and Jennifer Pennington.
[box style=”1 or 2″]Please join CTC on Saturday January 27 for a special pre-show presentation by Janna Segal, PhD about Ancient Greek Theatre. Dr. Segal is Director of Graduate Studies at UofL’s Department of Theatre Arts.
(in advance of the 7:30pm performance)
[responsive][/responsive]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 ESL Newcomer Academy at The Academy @ 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 select 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.