Free public dramatic reading! Euripides’ Trojan Women
Coming up on August 30th, 7-8:30pm, at the Montclair Public Library Auditorium, we’ll be performing a dramatic reading of Euripides’ Trojan Women (translation by Richmond Lattimore). Free & open to public.
The Greek tragic playwright Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) wrote this play in 415 BCE, in the midst of the Peloponnesian War.
He appears to have written it in part to lodge a protest against his fellow Athenians’ conduct of this war, especially their brutal slaughter and subjugation of inhabitants of the island of Melos earlier that year–although the story being told by Euripides takes place almost a thousand years earlier, during the Trojan War.
The play is set just after Troy has been taken by the Greek forces. It takes place at the refugee tents where the women of Troy have assembled to await their fates. The heroines of the play are Trojan women of all stations, nobles as well as humbler women, who have “fallen to the Greek spear” and are to be enslaved to Greek heroes. This is their story.
Where: Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. Phone: 973-744-0500. Website: http://www.montclairlibrary.org
When: 7pm, Thursday, August 30. Reading will run about 90 minutes. The performance is free and open to the public.