FEBRUARY 14 – 23, 2019
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Translation by Alan Shapiro
Director Jan Wood
This Greek tragedy is the first play written about the brutal aftermath of war. Set against the background of the epic tale of the Trojan War, Euripides shifts our focus away from the conquering heroes. Instead, he tells the story from the perspective of the wives, mothers and daughters of the defeated Trojan warriors.
These vanquished women have lost their families, their dignity and their sense of place in the world. They struggle with their grief and uncertainty as the victors decide their fate.
This powerful and timeless play reminds us that the casualties of war are not abstract concepts but living, breathing, suffering people. Although written in 415 BCE, this play’s message continues to resonate today.
Jan Wood graduated from the University of Alberta with a BFA in Drama, specializing in acting. She has over 35 years experience in professional theatre as an actor, director, movement coach, voice coach, and teacher. Her professional acting credits include the Stratford Festival, the Blyth Festival, Bard on the Beach, the Belfry Theatre, and most major theatre companies in Alberta. Originally contracted for five years as an artist in residence by the University of Victoria, she is now a tenured faculty member balancing her teaching with professional acting and directing opportunities.
Cast & Creative team
Set Design Matthew Wilkerson
Costume Designer Sasha Lazin
Lighting Designer Jaxun Maron
Sound Designer Logan Swain
Movement Director Treena Stubel
Stage Manager Bethany Bendall
Helen: Georgia Duff
Poseidon: Brendan Elwell
Hecuba: Sarah Hunsberger
Cassandra: Emma Newton
Talthybius: Ted Angelo Ngkaion
Andromache: Joy Peters
Athena: Una Rekic
Menelaus: Ciaran Volke
Grace Fedorchuck, Hailee Friesen, Eva Hocking, Elena Kellis, Julie McGuire, Arielle Parsons, Una Rekic
Davey Bastin-DeCoste, Chris Gaines, Glen Shafer
with Dr Laurel Bowman
UVic Department of Greek & Roman Studies
Recorded on Friday, February 15 at 7pm
In Trojan Women, Euripides shows us the consequences of war for defenceless non-combatants. The play was first performed during the thirty-year war between Athens and Sparta, before a largely military Athenian audience. Why did Euripides choose to produce this play, at this time, before this audience? How will that audience have reacted to the play? And how should we understand it ourselves?
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Sensitive subject matter
Water-based atmospheric effects
Loud sound effects