George Mason Players to Perform Euripides Classic ‘Trojan Women’

Posted: April 14, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Through the voices of Queen Hecuba and her court of captive women, the George Mason University Players will perform Ellen McLaughlin’s new adaptation of the classic Euripides tragedy “Trojan Women.”

Using the native garb of Darfur, Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia, Serbia, Nazi Germany and Armenia and set in a barren landscape of sand and debris, “Trojan Women” vividly recounts the final moments of Trojan civilization in the aftermath of the city’s sacking by the invading Greeks.

Directed by Mason faculty member, 10-time Helen Hayes Award nominee and four-time recipient, Edward Gero, performances will take place over two weekends, beginning April 27 at 8 p.m. in TheaterSpace on the Fairfax Campus.

McLaughlin, who is best known for originating the role of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” has spent the last decade specializing in adaptations of Greek classics. Her original production of “Trojan Women,” featuring a cast of refugees from the former Yugoslavia, received critical acclaim. A Washington, D.C. native, McLaughlin has written both original works and adaptations of other Greek plays, including “Helen” and “Lysistrata.”

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on April 27, 28 and 29 and May 4, 5 and 6, and at 2 p.m. on April 29, 30 and May 5 and 7. A reception with the cast follows the opening night performance. Additionally, a panel discussion featuring faculty from George Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and professional psychologists, exploring the political, social and psychological responses to genocide, follows the May 5 evening performance.

Tickets are $10, students/seniors, $7 (limited free tickets are available for Mason students). Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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