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The Trojan Women Opens at Regent

By Amanda Morad | March 14, 2014

The Trojan Women opens Friday, March 14 in the Regent University Studio Theatre.

Of all the classic Greek tragedies, perhaps none has been so applicable across the ages than Euripides The Trojan Women. It's a play about the women of the legendary city Troy who find themselves at the hands of the victorious Greek armies, and it opens at Regent University on Friday, March 14.

Audiences can expect to be riveted by this tale of defeat and vengeance that The New York Times calls "dynamic and harrowing." It follows the story of several Trojan women after their city has been ransacked, their husbands killed in battle, and their families enslaved by their enemies.

The play runs on the Studio Theatre stage March 14, 15, 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. and March 15, 16, 22-23 at 2:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at the Box Office.

"The play became really popular back in the 1900s during war times," said director and MFA alumnus, Chad Gilliland '11. "Each war, production spiked, with the largest spike actually occurring right after 9/11 with the Iraq war."

During the wars of the first half of the 20th century, the play was billed as "the greatest anti-war play ever written." But Gilliland believes there's more to the story than anti-war sentiment.

"It goes a little bit deeper to say that, if you have to go to war, make sure you're fighting for a just cause," he explained. "Euripides is 'up-in-your-face' about his belief that there are no winners in war, but there's also a message about the power of community."

Even today, The Trojan Women is a tool for helping people the world over deal with the atrocities of war. A recent report on BBC World Service Outlook told of Syrian refugees in Jordan participating in a production of the play to help them work through the trauma and loss experienced at home during the Syrian civil war nearly three years ago.

"Ultimately, the message that I wanted to portray the most is the resilience of the human spirit," Gilliland said. "Every character is faced with the choice to give up or keep moving and they ultimately all choose to keep moving. It's a beautiful story of resilience."

The Trojan Women has been produced on stages all around the globe, modernized in a variety of ways, taken out of its Greek context and been adapted for film at least three times. For Regent's production, Gilliland wanted to take the play out of time altogether.

"It definitely has a Greek feel to it, but rather than specifically focusing on the Trojan War, this production allows the audience to detach from that a little bit and see that this is about war in general," he explained. "It's a powerful message with a powerful presentation."

The leading role of Queen Hecuba is played by MFA student Shaunte Tabb.

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