Nevertheless They Persisted – Hecuba/Helen

SRT’s 2018 Summer Festival


To celebrate our 20th anniversary (June – August 2018), Stanford Repertory Theater mounts our most ambitious Summer Festival to date, Nevertheless They Persisted. The festival features a new adaptation of Euripides’ Hecuba and Helen, focusing on two mythic women who seize control of their destinies in startling ways and triumph over the men who try to dominate them.   

On opposite sides of the great Trojan War, Queen Hecuba of Troy becomes its emblematic victim, while Helen of Sparta is reviled as its cause. Despite their apparent differences, each woman turns the tables on those who have wreaked havoc on their lives. Joined together for the first time, and presented in one evening, the iconic heroines of Hecuba/Helen speak to each other and to us, in both searingly tragic and surprisingly comic ways.

With stirring music, vibrant choreography, and stunning visual effects (developed by the artists who created SRT’s award-winning Moby Dick - Rehearsed), Hecuba/Helen reminds us of war’s consequences on the women who pick up the pieces and carry on. Set after the sack of Troy, Hecuba tells the story of a fallen queen facing a life of slavery and forced migration, who exacts revenge by exerting power no one suspected she possessed. In Helen, Euripides offers a marvelous twist on the traditional story – a phantom Helen, rather than Helen herself, was sent to Troy! Exposing the shadowy justifications for an unjust war, the falsely maligned heroine uses her wit and cunning to save her war-hero husband and herself.

Given the current international saber rattling, and the ongoing revelations about male abuse and violence against women, SRT’s Hecuba/Helen could not be more timely. Euripides handles these compellingly modern subjects with insight, passion, theatrical brilliance, and a daring sense of humor.

Hecuba/Helen plays Thursday - Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm, July 26 - August 19, 2018, in Roble Studio Theater, 375 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, 94305. The show runs 2 hrs 5 minutes (including a 10 minute intermission). All Sunday matinees are followed by a post-show discussion with director and cast. For tickets, click here

SRT 2017, The Many Faces of  Farce: “It’s a wonderful production, well performed and well directed. … an entertaining and thoughtful evening of theater.”  Palo Alto Daily Post

SRT's 2016 production of Odet's Waiting for Lefty: "Kudos to Stanford Repertory Theater and artistic director Rush Rehm for bringing this pithy production to Bay Area audiences." San Jose Mercury News

SRT's 2015 production of Coward's Hay Fever received three Bay Area Theater Critic Award Nominations: Best Production, Best Costumes (Connie Strayer), Best Supporting Actress (Kathleen Kelso)

SRT's 2014 production of Welles' Moby Dick - Rehearsed received ten Theater Bay Area nominations, and won in four categories: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Direction (Rush Rehm and Courtney Walsh), and Outstanding Sound Design (Michael Keck)