Skidmore Theater Presents: The American Premiere Production of HECUBA
The American Premiere Production
By Marina Carr
Directed by Ian Belton
Performances: April 8-10 and 14-17 at 8pm (Sunday matinees at 2pm)
At the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater on the Skidmore College Campus.
Celebrated Irish playwright Marina Carr’s HECUBA will see its American premiere at Skidmore College, having been produced only once before at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Off-Broadway director and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow Ian Belton returns to his alma mater to direct the adaptation. This production will feature original music composed by Erik Sanko, founder of renowned collective Phantom Limb.
SYNOPSIS: In Marina Carr's reimagining of the legend of HECUBA, Troy has fallen. It's the end of war and the beginning of something worse. As the cries die down after the final battle, there are reckonings to be made. In this American Premiere production, celebrated Off-Broadway director and Skidmore Alum Ian Belton steers a course headlong into the ultra-violent slaughter, highlighting uncanny parallels to not only geo-politics but our own notions of gender, race and religion. In a world where human instinct has been ravaged by violence, is everything as it seems in the hearts of the winner and those they have defeated?
FROM THE DIRECTOR: As the Citadel of Troy crumbles, the dead flood the streets. Rather than lament the carnage that envelops them, the characters of Marina Carr’s HECUBA are wracked with the perverse desire to defile, to cherish, to possess, to consume, to devour. Is this insanity? Or does it mirror ISIS, GitMo and the mass refugee deaths that roll in daily with the tides of the Mediterranean? How do we live with PTSD if there is no end to the trauma? What does a Syrian refugee do when Syria ceases to exist? How can it be that the brutality of Homeric Greece and the scale of Euripedean Tragedy fit our modern world like a blood-soaked glove? Only the fallen Trojan Queen knows.
$12 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens.
To reserve seats, call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us online on Facebook or at skidmore.edu/academics/theater/.
*This show contains sexual content and nudity
About The Skidmore College Department of Theater: The Skidmore Theater Department is a pre-professional program that offers students the opportunity to pursue the serious study of the theater arts within a liberal arts setting. Courses within the department afford basic training as well as the opportunity for advanced study, practical production experience, study abroad, and off-campus internships. The college liberal arts requirements help the student to understand the moral, intellectual, and political context in which any artist practices.
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