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Trojan Women

We are the playthings of the gods. They walk beside us. They whisper in our ears. They dazzle our eyes. We must follow Where they lead us. If we defy them, we suffer. If we obey them, we suffer still But our lives are crowned with glory. -Odysseus, Trojan Women (After Euripides) There have been a lot of gods around lately, at least here at ArtsEmerson. It has turned out to be a good year…

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What did you think of SITI Company’s adaptation of Euripides’ classic play? Were you moved by the moments of individual choice that would define the rest of these characters’ lives?  We’d love to hear your feedback on this production and anything related  to the topic by leaving a comment on this entry.

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  For practically all of my formative years, the war on terror has been another fact of life. I can remember my fifth grade gym class being brought to a halt as planes crashed into the World Trade Center. We stood numbly, 10 or 11 years old, in front of a TV screen displaying images that didn’t make sense unless it was in a movie. At that time, I had no way of comprehending the…

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  FILMS The Trojan Women (1971) The 1971 film adaptation of Euripides’ Trojan Women, starring Katharine Hepburn as Hecuba, opens with the women of Troy grappling with their imminent enslavement after their city is reduced to ruin. Hecuba has not only lost her son Hector, but now must protect her daughter Cassandra from her selection for King Agamemnon’s concubine since Cassandra has devoted her life to the gods. Together with Hector’s wife Andromache, they will endure…

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