Mission Theatre Company’s staging of Euripides’ classic play Trojan Women opened last night with a sold-out show. This play, first staged in 415 BCE, is set amidst the backdrop of the Trojan War. At its premiere, it functioned as a critique of Athenian policies in the Peloponnesian War – policies that had recently resulted in the wholesale slaughter and enslavement of a neutral city’s population. More than 2400 years later, Trojan Women remains one of the most famous anti-war plays in the Western canon, with numerous updates and adaptations. Its themes include a deep exploration of the plight of the defeated side’s women, who are treated as slaves, concubines, and sacrifices.
Here’s a look at MTC’s production:
Trojan Women plays through April 28 at Urban Growler Brewery in Saint Paul, MN.