CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 31, 2005 –The Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University opens its 2005-2006 season with Euripides’ “The Trojan Women,” to be performed Sept. 30-Oct. 9 in the Rose Theatre.
First performed in 415 BC, “The Trojan Women” is the perfect example of classic Greek tragedy, with beloved poetic verse, classic characters and transcendent lessons about the human condition and the effects of war. As relevant today as it was in ancient Greece, the play depicts the destruction wreaked on family, spirit, and home as it tells the story of the women of Troy as they wait to be turned over to their new Greek masters, the very ones who murdered their husbands, brothers, and sons. With raw and vivid emotion, its tidings are timeless and messages universal.
Southeast’s production of this timeless classic will include choreography by new dance faculty member, Hilary Peterson. Euripides’ poetic verse will come alive with dance and song, as the characters’ heady emotions are personified in expressive movement. The seamless transition between feeling and physicality will be a particularly exciting element of this unique production.
With arguably the best roles ever written for women actors, “The Trojan Women” features famous characters such as Helen and Cassandra. This production will be a meaningful venture into history and an excellent study of the inevitable destruction of war. Directed by Robert Dillon, Jr., “The Trojan Women” will run at 8 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Oct. 6-8 and 2 p.m. Oct. 9.
For tickets or additional information, call (573) 651-2265.