To celebrate our 20th anniversary, Stanford Repertory Theater mounts our most ambitious summer festival to date, After Troy: Euripides’ Hecuba/Helen, June – August 2018, focusing on the myth of the Trojan War through two iconic women swept up in its story.

We perform two plays of Euripides, Hecuba and Helen, back-to-back (as far as we know, never done before), juxtaposing radically different views of the conflict. Hecuba looks at the destruction of Troy through the eyes of the vanquished Trojan queen; Helen looks at the war from the point of view of its ostensible cause, the famous Spartan Helen. In Euripides’ version, however, Helen’s image (rather than her person) went to Troy, leaving the tragic heroine to expose the shadowy justifications used to make that war (like many others) seem like the best solution rather than the last resort. 

Given the international saber rattling that one hears almost daily in the news, and the ongoing revelations about male abuse and violence against women, these plays could not be more timely, and more surprising. Euripides handles these subjects with insight, passion, theatrical brilliance, and – most surprisingly – a keen sense of irony and humor. 

Starring Courtney Walsh in the title roles, Hecuba/Helen performs Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, from July 26 through August 19, 2018, in Roble Theater, 375 Santa Teresa St, Stanford University campus. The production is directed by SRT Artistic Director Rush Rehm and Associate Director Courtney Walsh, with original music and sound design by TBA award-winning Michael Keck, sets and costumes by Connie Strayer, video by Katerina Zacharia, and lighting by Michael Ramsaur. 

In addition to the productions, SRT’s 2018 festival After Troy includes a free Monday night Film Festival, with screenings in CEMEX auditorium, on the work of Michael Cacoyannis (Electra, The Trojan Women, Iphigenia, Zorba the Greek, Stella), a community symposium, “The Trojan War: Then and Now” (Saturday August 11, 2018), and a Continuing Studies Course, “Euripides our Contemporary”. Find information on these events at the Continuing Studies website beginning in March 2018.