Stanford Repertory Theater Festival: Hecuba/Helen
- EVT 558
- Thur - Sun
- Jul 27—Aug 19
- Roble Studio Theater
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Stanford Repertory Theater mounts its most ambitious Summer Festival to date, “Nevertheless They Persisted,” featuring a new adaptation of Euripides’s Hecuba and Helen. Part tragedy and part comedy, Hecuba/Helen focuses on two mythic women who stand up for themselves in surprising ways, turning the tables on the men who have wreaked havoc on their lives.
The festival also includes a film series on the theme of female resistance, a symposium that explores the uses and abuses of the Trojan War in later literature and art, and an evening course that looks at Euripides through a contemporary lens.
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.
Joined together for the first time, and presented in one evening, the iconic heroines of Hecuba/Helen speak to each other and to us, making for both a searingly tragic and memorably comic theater experience.
July 27 – August 19
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm
Roble Studio Theater, 375 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford
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