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Athenian Players to Present Trojan Women on Steps of Founders Hall

August 5, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athenian Players of Athens State University will present Trojan Women, by Euripides. This classic tragedy explores the fates of women in the burnt ruins of the city of Troy waiting to be made slaves - - characterizing the human suffering that remained after the Trojan/Greek war.

Performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday on August 15th, 16th and 17th at 7:30 p.m. The play will be performed on the steps of Athens State’s historic college edifice, Founders Hall. It is offered free and open to the public with donations welcomed.

Dr. Hugh K. Long, Athens State’s Assistant Professor of Drama, directs the production translated by Dr. Francis Blessington of Northwestern University. Dr. Blessington will offer a lecture on this translation Friday, August 16 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor of Founders Hall. His lecture is sponsored by the Livingston Concert Lecture Series.

Trojan Women will star Jensie Britt, Stephanie Cooper, Kristi Coughlin, Jeff Klevorn, Laura Poe, Julian Rojas, Colin Whitworth, and Dorothy Weems as Queen Hecuba.

“I’m excited to return Classical Greek Tragedy to Athens,” states Dr. Long. “I can also think of no more fitting, or beautiful, setting than the columns of historic Founders Hall as the backdrop for our outdoor production. In the truest sense of Greek theatre we are inviting the community to share in an environmental experience that will allow our audiences to leave with a broader knowledge of the implications of war-time battles and atrocities.”

Limited seating will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner if they’d like. Food vendors will also be available.

For more information visit www.athens.edu/athenianplayers.


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