QU Theater puts spin on ‘Trojan Women’

Michele Snow

Set in the devastating aftermath of the Trojan War, “The Trojan Women” played in Buckman Theater this past weekend. Presented by the Quinnipiac Theater for Community and directed by Drew Scott, an adjunct theater professor, the Greek tragedy differentiated itself from anything students may have seen before.

Written by Euripides in the fifth century B.C., the play shows war through the eyes of the female survivors, who suffered just as much as the men who died on the battlefield. The plot centered around seven women who lost their families in battle and were about to be shipped off to Greece as slaves.

Performances from senior Sarah Moffitt, who played Hecuba, the queen of the fallen city of Troy, and sophomore Kasey Quinlan, who played Andromanche, a woman stripped of her husband and child, stood out as authentic portrayals of grief-stricken victims.

“Drew Scott was such an amazing director who knew how to work with kids and get us past our potential,” Quinlan said. “I had never done such an emotionally wrenching play, and even though I had never experienced anything like what my character was going through, I was able to connect with her because of Drew and because we had such a mature cast.”

Wardrobe choices for the Quinnipiac production were purposely unsuited for the time period. By dressing the male guards in costumes that more closely resembled modern-day terrorists than Greek or Trojan warriors, the production carried out its goal of translating the message of the play to modern issues. This kind of war devastation has been suffered by individuals since Euripides wrote the play almost 2,500 years ago.

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