Public Theater’s Troy Will Explore Assault of Young Black Teens

News   Public Theater’s Troy Will Explore Assault of Young Black Teens Inspired by Euripides' The Trojan Women, the new, ensemble-devised Public Works piece is based on real-life interviews.
The ACTivate Ensemble
The ACTivate Ensemble Llewellyn LC Connolly

As part of its Public Works program, The Public Theater will present private presentations of Troy June 10-12. Inspired by Euripides' The Trojan Women, the new, ensemble-devised work is based on real-life interviews with New Yorkers and, according to the theatre, “examines the assault of young black teens” and a “community dealing with what it is like to worry for the safety of their children.”

In 2015 Public Works launched ACTivate (Artist, Citizen, Theatremaker), aimed at creating community-driven and ensemble devised theatre. Troy will be the ensemble’s inaugural presentation, developed over 18 months and written with playwright Andrea Thome. The ensemble interviewed New Yorkers about family, community and memory, which became the inspiration for the piece.

Troy, according to production notes, “examines the assault of a young black teen as the inciting crisis and explores the community dealing with what it is like to worry for the safety of their children.”

The ACTivate ensemble is made up of H. Sebastian Arteta, Lori Brown-Niang, Llewellyn Connolly, Bianca Edwards, Nanya-Akuki Goodrich, Brittany Franklin, Lourdes Guzman-Mercado, Aden Munassar, Arianne Recto, Éva Hanorah Stanton, Matthew Vazquez and Fabian Zarta.

ACTivate bridges the gap between the year-round classes and annual Delacorte pageant in September, engaging the ensemble in every aspect of the creative process and culminating in an original piece,” continue production notes.

Troy will be presented in The Public’s LuEsther Hall for four invited presentations.

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