Anne Carson's translation — entitled Hekabe — will feature the talents of Kathryn Walker as Hekabe, Kate Burton as Polyxena, David Straithairn as Talthybios and Mary Beth Hurt in the Chorus of Trojan Women. James Gale and Maeve Kinkead will also be part of the reading, which will be directed by actress Walker. Although the actors will have scripts, there will be costumes, movement and a set.
Hekabe, a play about the sorrows of war and wrongs done for the sake of politics, concerns the plight of the woman who was once queen of Troy. Now a prisoner of war and a slave to the Greeks, Hekabe is forced to face the ultimate injustice.
The reading is part of the 92nd Street Y's Poets' Theatre. Translator Carson will introduce the evening, which begins at 8 PM.