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Written by Euripedes
Directed by William Steele
From the program:
The Women of Troy is the third play in a trilogy, the remainder of which has been lost. The play stands on its own as an examination of the tragedy of victory with each of the participants sharing the tragic flaw.
Euripides intended the play as a protest of Athenian policies. First produced in the midst of a long war with Sparta, it holds an obvious reference to the previous year's slaughter of the citizens of Melos, a neutral island, by the Athenian army. The foreboding aura of conclusion that permeates the play proved prophetic as Athens surrendered to Sparta scarcely a decade later.
It would be a mistake to assume that The Women of Troy is, merely, an anti-war protest. Euripides uses that rhetoric of the victor and vanquished to examine the hazy outline of truth. The characters wander through a distorted world, caught between the mythic events of The Iliad and The Odyssey, in search of new bases for their lives. Their prophecies, duties, loyalties and loves spawn contradictory truths that fuel the play's central conflicts.
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University of Maine Portland-Gorham Theatre Department, "Women of Troy" (1976). Theatre Programs 1970-1989. 13.
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