2014 CLASSICAL GREEK THEATRE FESTIVAL of WESTMINSTER COLLEGE presents Euripides' dark tragedy "HECUBA" The Mother of all Misfortune.
Because of the rainy weather, the 9AM Sunday, Sept. 28 performance of HECUBA will be held in the Dumke Student Theater at the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts (downstairs) on the Westminster College campus located at 1840 South 1300 East in Salt Lake City.
-Pre-show orientation lecture begins at 8:30AM
-Adults $15 / Garden Members $10 / Child & Student $7
-Free parking will be available in the Westminster College parking structure located off of 1700 South with signs leading to the theater
Traditionally, Greek Theatre is performed at dawn so bring breakfast, a blanket, and enjoy your morning in the garden with this live theatre performance.
The Classical Greek Theater Festival of Westminster College will mount and tour a production of Euripides’ dark tragedy HECUBA, a play rarely read and seldom performed in recent years.
For many Hecuba is the archetypal mater dolorosa, the sorrowful mother grieving over the loss of her homeland Troy, her husband Priam and her many children. Euripides’ tragedy HECUBA tells the story of her sufferings after the fall of Troy, her failure to save her young daughter Polyxena from the Greeks and her discovery of the murder of her youngest son Poydorus. Like so many Greek (and Elizabethan) tragedies, HECUBA explores the causes, methods and effects of revenge, perhaps the primary meaning of the Greek word for justice (dike). Euripides plots Hecuba’s journey from vulnerable victim to ruthless avenger by three rhetorical debates, a debate with Odysseus over the life of Polyxena which she loses, a debate with Agamemnon which she wins, and a final debate with her victim Polymestor in which no one wins.
Euripides’ HECUBA deals with the aftermath of war where the winners jockey for political power and prestige and the victims are frequently women and innocent children.
Directed by Barbara Smith, a professor of Theater at Westminster College. Set design Spencer Brown of Westminster College. Costumes by Valerie Nishiguchi. Original music by Andrew Olsen, and choreography by Enid Atkinson.
Euripides (c. 480 – 406 BC), was one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens, the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles.