These questions might be asked of many people
living in our world TODAY. They were explored beautifully and with great
sensitivity in a play written by Euripides thousands of years ago. Some
things never seem to change. Ancient Demons return to drag us back
into the darkness.
What happens when the Moral, Ethical, Social and Political
systems by which you live break down?
What happens when everything in which you believe is
What happens when you are torn from family and loved
What happens when order breaks down and chaos sets
Off The Wall Theatre's Artistic director
Dale Gutzman created a sleek modern retelling of Euripides' play. He worked
for over a year with five different translations of the original, seeking
to keep the poetic beauty and stature of Trojan Women, while at the same
time making it eminently accessible to today's audiences. Current
events, including the controversy about immigrant and refugee status, made
the play particularly potent for us. Art is one of the most powerful weapons
we have to fight tyranny. This production was an Ancient Masterpiece
in a modern telling speaking to us with a voice that cannot be silenced.
With a distinguished
cast of some of Milwaukee's finest performers which included:
Marilyn White as Hecuba, once a Queen, now
a war refugee.
Laura Monagle as Andromache,
her daughter in law, whose son will inherit a throne, if he lives!
Alicia Rice as poor mad Cassandra,
Hecuba's daughter with strange powers and gifts.
Randall Anderson as Talthybius,
a soldier torn between duty and guilt.
Zoe Schwartz as Helen of Troy,
victim or ruthless manipulator?
James Strange as Menelaus,
Helen's husband whose wrath caused a ten year war.
And the Women of Troy, those who lost everything
while their leaders struggled for power.
And the Soldiers, who only find defeat in victory,
loss with every gain.
a play honoring the strength and resilience of Women.
a play about corruption among our leaders.
a play for the Ages.