“A play that leaves an unpleasant taste, HECUBA is the product of the war, when values and ethics were in question. Some find the plot clumsy with two episodes each dealing with the death of a child of Hecuba, but it is held together by a dominant theme of peitho (persuasion). We witness Hecuba taking part in three debates, the first for the life of her daughter, the second with Agamemnon over revenge, and the third with Polymestor over the revenge she has taken. Greeks are set against foreigners (Trojans), and their modern pragmatic ethics, by which loyalty and self-interest are used to justify the murder of Polyxena and the lack of action against Polymestor. On the personal level we see a study of a tortured woman who eventually succumbs to vengeance and is little short of the madness predicted by Polymestor at the end of the play.” C. Storey and A. Allen
Next fall Barbara Smith, a professor of Theater at Westminster College, will direct a production of Euripides’ HECUBA featuring a recent American translation by Marianne McDonald. Spencer Brown of Westminster College will create the set design with costumes by Valerie Nishiguchi, original music by Brandon Derfler and choreography by Enid Atkinson.
2014/09/06 - 2014/09/06
Additional time info:
Pre-show lecture 30 minutes before performance.