Euripides' The Trojan Women
directed by Charles Julian White
"Where there is life there is hope for a better tomorrow."
Audition Sign-in Sheet with Audition times is posted inside the Green Room (BC-20)
Dec 8th @ 6:30 pm
Dec 9th @ 5:30 pm
Dec 9th from 6:30 pm
both in (BC - 17)
Burnight Center Theatre
Please read the play (available online at: http://classics.mit.edu/Euripides/troj_women.html)
and prepare a 2-minute GREEK monologue. A callback list will be posted by noon on Dec 9th.
A cast list will be posted on the ticket office window and online by Monday, December 15th. Rehearsals will begin the week of January 12th.
All students cast will be enrolled in the required classes in order to participate.
Feb 27, 28 Mar 5, 6, 7 @ 8 pm
and Mar 8 @ 2 pm
Synopsis: The Trojan Women by Euripides features the woman who survived the fall of Troy, Hecuba (the Queen of Troy), Athena (Goddess of wisdom and war), Andromache (Widow of Hector), and Cassandra (Daughter of Hecuba). The play deals with the suffering of the victims of war, the degradation of the conquering Greek soldiers and their reckless self-destructive behavior following the war between Greece and Melos (an island in the Aegean Sea). It is set in front of the ruined walls of ancient Troy, a few days after the battle in which King Menelaus of Sparta and Agamemnon, general of the Greeks, have taken the city. Poseidon laments the destruction of the Trojan wall, which he and Apollo built and the fact that Priam lies unburied by his own hearth while the victors (The Greeks) await the winds that will take them home. The Goddess, Pallas Athena conspires to destroy the Greek ships on their way home.
Hecuba: Queen of Troy before it fell to the Greeks. Hecuba, the main character, is an old woman who bewails the destruction of her city and the loss of family members. She is to become a slave in the household of Odysseus, one of the victorious Greeks.
Poseidon: God of the sea, who sided with the defeated Trojans during the war. The Romans referred to him as Neptune.
Athena: Goddess of wisdom and war, also known as Pallas Athena or Pallas. Although she sided with the Greeks during the war, she turns against them after one of them rapes the Trojan prophetess Cassandra in a temple dedicated to Athena. The Romans referred to Athena as Minerva.
Andromache: Widow of Troy's greatest warrior, Hector, who was slain in battle by the greatest Greek warrior, Achilles.
Talthybius: Greek messenger who informs the Trojan women of what will happen to them.
Cassandra: Trojan prophetess and daughter of Hecuba.
Astyanax: Son of Andromache and Hector. Although he is just a little boy, the Greeks condemn him to death. If they allow him to grow to manhood, they fear, he will seek revenge against them at the head of an army.
Helen: Queen of Sparta. Stolen away by Paris, a Prince of Troy, which helps ignite the 10 year Trojan War. Also known in mythology and literature as Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world.
Menelaus: King of Sparta and husband of Helen. Vows to return Helen back to Greece for punishment.
Chorus of Trojan Women