Trojan Women: Ancient Greek Tragedy comes to AddiRoad

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Considering the conflicts across the Middle East in recent decades—and the horrors and abuses against women Trojan Womenis a cautionary tale that continues to be as relevant today as it was 2400 years ago.

Today, there are millions of people displaced by conflicts around the world.  Euripides understood their plight. One of the greatest of all antiwar plays, it is a timeless meditation on the moments of individual choice that separate life and death, despair and hope, future and past.

“Grief is universal… We suffer over our own troubles, making us empathetic to the emotions felt by countless other people around the world and throughout history. Mourning is mourning in any religion, language, culture or race”

Throughout history, men have fought wars. Women are subjected to rape, torture and loss of loved ones, binding wounds, mopping up the blood and stitching civilization back together.

The Trojan Women are a symbol of strength, Euripides presented important issues, issues that are still relevant today.

Hellenic Art Theatre, under the direction of Stavros Economidis is performing this timeless tragedy at their home of 35 years at the Addison Road Community Centre.

Set in the aftermath of the war of Troy, the tragedy follows the fates of Hecuba, Andromache, Cassandra, and Helen (the Helen). After the war the women are taken prisoners, lament their multiple losses and find themselves at the mercy of the enemy.

Besieged for ten years by the fierce armies of Greece, the legendary city of Troy has fallen in a single night, the victim of clever Odysseus and his wooden horse.

We get a brutal, crude representation of the consequences of war, and the reaction of wives, mothers and daughters to such brutality.

The play begins with the women waking up the morning after Troy’s defeat.

Morning finds Queen Hecuba and the royal women of Troy—having witnessed the slaughter of their husbands and sons—held captive by triumphant Greek soldiers.

In the ruins of their burning city, still mourning, they await enslavement and exile.

The imperious queen Hecubais now the queen of a ruined city and will be sent to serve the wife of her most hated enemy, Odysseus.  Her prophetic daughter, Cassandra will be taken as a prize by King Agamemnon. Her widowed daughter-in-law, the noble Andromache, who will wed Achilles’ (her husband Hector’s killer) son, hopes to whisper the legacy of Troy to her young son when they are captive in Greece. All the women blame Helen, the paramour of Hecuba’s cursed son Paris, for their downfall.

Trojan Women serves as a timeless meditation on suffering and survival, and examines the choices that separate death and life, despair and hope, and past and future.

Masks made by the cast will be worn by the Chorus of Trojan women as they were in Ancient times.

Cast include:

John Daviskas as Poseidon,

Chris(Χρυσούλα)Messaris as Athena,

Maria (Μιμίκα) Valaris as Ekavi

Nick Tsioukanis as Talthybios

Athanasia Costa as Kassandra

Evelyn Tsavalas as Andromache

Gaelle Emvalomeni as Helen

Polyzois Patelis as Menelaos

Deon (Κωνσταντίνος) Gama as young Astyanax.

Chorus of Trojan women:  Angela(Κική)Betti, Liana Vertzayias, Athanasia Costa, Evelyn Tsavalas, Gaelle Emvalomeni, Chris(Χρυσούλα)Messaris, Nikoletta Georgitsi, Domna Giannaki, Mary Michael, Chrysoula Kangelari, Maria Charalambous, Petroula Stamouli & Betty Statiri

Guards:Stelios Marakas, Hayden (Χάρης) Tsavalas, George Statiris, Dimitris Perdikis

Production Manager- Evelyn Tsavalas

General Co-ordinator- Melpo Papadopoulos

English surtitles – Mimika Valaris

Light & Sound – Athanasis Fotiadis

Surtitle projections – Petros Michalopoulos

Translation – Yannis Tsarouchis

Hellenic Art Theatre led by Artistic Director Stavros Economidis, has played an active role in Greek community, encouraging and nurturing second and third generation Greek Australians with their rich Greek culture. The quaint ‘hut’ at Addison Road Centre has been home to HAT for over 30 years. The ‘GREEK Theatre’ has recently become popular with local theatre lovers as it has been used as a venue for various other community theatre groups and youth drama workshops and holiday camps.

When:  15 march – 7 April

Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 5 pm

Where: The GREEK Theatre

Building 36 Addison Road Centre

142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

Tickets: $30 adults. $25 Concession.

Group discount 20% for groups > 12 ppl

Bookings & Info: www.hellenicarttheatre.com.au

Evelyn 0413 989 007

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