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This Fall marks another step in the cooperation between the Department of Classics and the Theatre Program, as they collaborate on a series of events this year that center on Euripides’ Hecuba. First produced in the 420s BCE, when Athens was at war, this tragedy is set in the harsh aftermath of the fall of Troy in the mythical past. Showing the plight of the captured women and their courage in the face of the worst suffering, Euripides weaves a gripping tale of greed, murder, political manipulation, and revenge. What do students think today of this play and genre of theater, its relevance and place in both cultural and theater history? How are Hecuba’s themes being discussed in a modern classroom from two different disciplinary angles? How do those different lenses bring to light new inferences on an ancient form?

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  • Shannon Bohler-Small

    The Behind-the-Scenes lunch is packed. I still need to ask my question about Hecuba being the first major Tragedy where the main character does not create the events that create her tragedy, but is instead a victim because of others’ actions.

  • Christo Grabowski

    Very enlightening discussion. I especially appreciated the talks conducted by the director and music designer.

  • Lindi Bortney

    WOW! I was a Greek theater major at UC Berkeley, so this was heaven! We can;t wait to see it this weekend!

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