on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage
As part of our New Play Development Reading Series
By Marina Carr
Directed by Conor Bagley
With Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Alana Raquel Bowers, Emma Hathaway, Meg Hennessy, Johnny Hopkins, Sam Im, Michael Mellamphy, and John Douglas Thompson
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 5pm
Troy has fallen. It’s the end of war and the beginning of something else. Something worse. Humiliated by her defeat and imprisoned by the charismatic victor Agamemnon, the great queen Hecuba must wash the blood of her buried sons from her hands and lead her daughters forward into a world they no longer recognize. Agamemnon has slaughtered his own daughter to win this war. But now another sacrifice is demanded… A blistering, surprising new play from one of Ireland’s most lauded playwrights, Hecuba asks: How do civilized people respond to the collapse of their civilization and what stories do they tell themselves as they craft the narrative amidst the rubble?
Read the performance program here!
Hecuba is searingly relevant today. With the global rise in authoritarianism, worldwide threats on enlightened values, women’s rights, and fundamental civil liberties—not to mention the war in Ukraine—the legend of the fall of Troy and her tenacious Queen offers a chance to examine the stories of our time from the safety of a long-past, distant war, and to witness a beautifully told story rise anew from the ashes.