For its fall production, DramaCentre presents Hecuba, a play written by Euripides and translated by former Centre professor Diane Arnson Svarlien.
The play, directed by Professor of Dramatic Arts Anthony Haigh, will run from Wednesday, Nov. 9 through Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. every evening in the Weisiger Theatre of the Norton Center for the Arts. The play will count as a convocation credit for Centre students.
Written circa 424 B.C.E., Hecuba tells the story of the titular former queen of the now-fallen city of Troy searching for justice for the murder of her son, Polydorus.
In his director’s notes, Haigh notes that he chose Hecuba as his final production to direct at Centre before his retirement at the end of the 2016-17 academic year for the unique challenges it presented.
“I wanted to do something I hadn’t done before,” Haigh says. “I teach about Greek tragedies every year, but I have never directed one—so I began reading.”
Haigh was drawn to the version of Hecuba translated by Svarlien, who has published numerous translations, because “her language was clear, yet deeply rooted in the rhythms of the original text,” as he says. He was also interested in themes presented by the play that are still relevant over two millennia later.
“Hecuba’s story is a familiar one. The whole issue of refugees has become a hot topic during this election cycle,” Haigh says. “We wanted to speak to this issue with this play, but in a way that left the story of Hecuba intact.”
Tickets, available at the door on the evening of each performance, are free for Centre faculty, staff and students. Tickets cost $10 for the general public and $5 for students from other schools and senior citizens.
Still upcoming productions in the 2016-17 DramaCentre season include Your Wings Have Eyes in February and Rabbit Hole in April.