Contemporary Trojan Women Officially Opens at Harlem Stage Jan. 17

News   Contemporary Trojan Women Officially Opens at Harlem Stage Jan. 17
 
The Trojan War gets a contemporary spin in the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Harlem Stage's joint production of Euripides' Trojan Women, which officially opens Jan. 17.

The new staging marks the first collaboration between Harlem Stage and Classical Theatre of Harlem.

Newly adapted and directed by Alfred Preisser, co-founder and artistic director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Trojan Women asks, "Are we somehow complicit in the disintegration and violence that is always happening somewhere else?"

"This radically re-imagined version of the Greek classic," production notes state, "featuring actual testimony from survivors of recent civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia, asks that very question. The play, set in 'the ruins of a great civilization' reminiscent of the wreckage of the original Penn Station, suggests that the intolerable human disaster that is always happening somewhere else is now happening here."

The Trojan Women cast features Zenzele Cooper, Michael Early, Christel Halliburton, Zainab Jah, Ty Jones, Linda Kurlioff, Amanda Marie, Lizan Mitchell, Sipiwe Moyo, Alexander Mulzac, Angela Polite, Brandi Rhonme, Sui-Lin Robinson, Kiat Sing Teo, Nabil Vilas and Tryphena Wade.

The design team comprises Troy Hourie (set designer), Kimberly Glennon (costume designer) and Aaron Black (lighting designer), with original music by Kelvyn Bell (music director) and Tracy Jack (choreographer). The joint production from CTH and Harlem Stage is presented at Harlem Stage's Gatehouse Theatre. Trojan Women will run through Feb. 10; tickets, priced $40, are available by calling (212) 281-9240 or by visiting www.harlemstage.org.

Harlem Stage's Gatehouse Theatre is located at 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street in Harlem.

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