SRT will mount a production of Hecuba, translated and directed by Rush Rehm, with choreography by Aleta Hayes, in Athens, Greece, at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation theater September 7, 8, and 9, 2018 at 8 pm with an all Greek professional cast. SRT is proud to bring this great tragedy back to the city of its origin. Performed in English, with Greek supertitles, Hecuba stars Kerasia Samara in the title role and Socrates Alafouzos in the roles of Odysseus and Polymnestor. For more information, see: http://www.mcf.gr/index.php/en/pages/joomla-content/all-categories/1468-euripides-hecuba-stanford-repertory-theater.
For background on this exciting initiative, please see here.
For information about SRT's production of Euripides' Hecuba, translated and directed by Rush Rehm, at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation (MCF) in Athens, Greece, please visit the MCF website. Click HERE for tickets.
From Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle:
"Aleta Hayes’ choreography ... keeps Hecuba/Helen ceaselessly dynamic ... This group of young women is constantly darting about the space, pitching, heaving and lunging their limbs, arranging and rearranging themselves like electrons that then pause for an instant to blossom into a kaleidoscopic pattern."
"The script demands that Walsh mine symphonic range out of grief ... A few bold choices, like a foray into song, lend new shading to suffering; she’s like Shakespeare’s Ophelia, at once fathoming too much and not fathoming at all, the song both a veil over a clouded gaze and a clear-eyed immersion into sadness, the likes of which those who hold onto sanity can never know."
"It’s always invigorating to witness one of Western theater’s titanic women, but to see two of them in implied dialogue with one another opens up a new range of possibilities, both for classic drama and for our own."
From Ande Jacobson, A Good Reed Review:
"a stroke of inspiration ... Stanford Rep is known for their unique takes on challenging works, and this year’s production continues that tradition. ... Don’t miss this production."
"Courtney Walsh eloquently plays the title roles of Hecuba and Helen ... Her characters’ cunning and refusal to surrender to authority despite horrific odds are admirable and gripping to watch. While both roles are strong women, Walsh makes each unique, displaying their disparate strengths."
"Composer and sound designer Michael Keck creates a masterful backdrop of sea sounds and original ancient-sounding music to enhance the action. The sound plot is ever-present and accentuated by projections including gorgeous Nile river shots, exquisite sand formations, pyramids, and stellar phenomena."
Listen to the interview about Hecuba/Helen with Director Rush Rehm and co-adapter and actress Courtney Walsh, on KALW's Open Air. It is the first interview on the program:
SRT gratefully thanks the following for their generous support of our 2018 Nevertheless They Persisted Festival: Stanford Continuing Studies, Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education, Office of the Provost and the President, School of Humanities and Sciences, Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), Department of Classics, Graduate School of Education, McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Office of the Vice President for the Arts, Stanford Humanities Center, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Department of Music, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Office of Religious Life, the Clayman Institute, Department of Religious Studies, Department of English, Department of Art and Art History, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, and generous gifts from Brad and Judy O’Brien, Todd and Susan Makler, and William Eddelman.