ANCIENT TALE WITH A FRESH MESSAGE

28 Sep

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Written in 415 B.C., Euripides’ drama Troades (Trojan Women) tells a timeless story which eloquently demonstrates the futility of war, a topic all too relevant in our own times.  The Hellenic Cultural Center of the Southwest will bring an all-new staging of this powerful drama all the way from Athens to Houston this Friday at Houston Baptist University’s Dunham Theater. 

It has been said that the mark of a classic work of art is its ability to speak meaningfully to successive generations.  If this is the case, then Troades (Trojan Women) certainly passes the test, transcending its own time to provide a salient message to modern viewers.  Houston audiences will have a rare opportunity to hear the work performed in Greek and English, with English hyper titles projected above the stage.  The English translation is provided by Michalis Kakoyiannis. 

Troades (Trojan Women) is produced by The Theatre Scheme of Leonidas Loizides.This company, renowned for its interpretations of Greek classics, will present the play in an innovative new staging which highlights the power of Euripides’ words.  The music will be drawn from Mikis Theodorakis’ score for the 1965 film Troades

Euripides (480 BC – 406 BC) is considered the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens, along with Aeschylus and Sophocles.  Hailed for his numerous contributions to the dramatic arts, Euripides is recognized as one of the first authors to portray strong, intelligent female characters in his works.  Troades, the final tragedy in a trilogy of plays dealing with the Trojan War, is a prime example of this particular facet of his creative genius. 

To purchase tickets for Troades (Trojan Women), call 713-522-2300 or 713-522-4273, or visit the Hellenic Cultural Center of the Southwest web site at www. hcc-sw.org. Troades (Trojan Women) is presented by the Hellenic Cultural Center of the Southwest in partnership with Houston Baptist University. 

The Hellenic Cultural Center of the Southwest promotes an understanding of the rich history and legacy that Hellenes have given to civilization, focusing on Hellenic contributions to language, government, arts, architecture, athletics, science, medicine, and philosophy.

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One Response to “ANCIENT TALE WITH A FRESH MESSAGE”

  1. Jeffrey Puukka February 26, 2010 at 12:39 am #

    The photographs certain suggest an interesting staging; but then, that’s what photographs are for, aren’t they? Marketing. Whatever the case may be, I love the story of “The Trojan Women” so much that I’m just happy whenever I hear about anyone anywhere doing it. It’s almost like a sigh of relief, in fact.

    -J.P.

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