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Indian River Drama Club staging the (real old) classic “Trojan Women”

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PHILADELPHIA — The play “Trojan Women,” first performed in 415 B.C., will get new life beginning tonight on stage here.

“This is my 16th year and I haven’t done a Greek piece since I’ve been here,” said Kristie L. Fuller, drama club adviser and theater teacher at Indian River Central School District. She also covers theater history in her classes.

“Trojan Women” by Greek playwright Euripides (480-406 B.C.) has themes that resonate with today’s world, Mrs. Fuller said. The drama club’s production, being staged tonight, Friday and Saturday, is not modernized.

“It’s about what happens to the women after the Trojan War, when their husbands and children were all killed and they are sold as slaves to go back with the Greek warriors,” Mrs. Fuller said.

Mrs. Fuller created a PowerPoint presentation for the beginning and ending of the drama.

“We’re tying it to modern-day human trafficking,” Mrs. Fuller said. “The women in ‘Trojan Women’ were sold as work slaves and prostitutes. It’s significant with what’s going on with human trafficking today.”

Some consider the play the greatest anti-war play ever written. But students will be learning more than about its message.

“I also hope for students to gain knowledge of what it was like to do Greek theater,” Mrs. Fuller said. “We have created the set so it’s like a Greek arena.”

The play will be staged in black-box style, with limited seating close to the set.

Mrs. Fuller and Lindsay Myers, the theater’s new technical director, worked with a costumer in Syracuse for the show’s wardrobe. Ms. Myers also designed some of the costumes herself, Mrs. Fuller said.

The play also will have a Greek chorus and is translated into English.

“It’s kind of like seeing Shakespeare, but not quite as difficult to decipher,” Mrs. Fuller said.

The Indian River Drama Club has made a commitment to have American Sign Language interpreters at its productions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. That practice will continue with “Trojan Women.” The interpreters also play Greek gods.

“We’re bringing in a lot of deaf people from the Watertown and Syracuse communities to see our productions now, which is great,” Mrs. Fuller said.

In addition to shows each of the three evenings, there is a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.

“It’s a lot of shows, but with only 70 seats, we wanted to make sure that everybody who wanted to see it gets the chance,” Mrs. Fuller said.

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The cast of “Trojan Women” presented by the Indian River High School Drama Club:

Daniel Johnson is Poseidon, Deanna Chavez is Athena, Rebecca Oster is Hekabe, Noah LaClair is Talthybios, Misty Brown is Kassandra, Nikki Marshall is Andreomachie, Kenny Brennan is Menelaos, Joanna Hecker is Helen, Chris Bjornstad is the first captive Trojan woman and Deanna Chavez is the second captive Trojan woman.

The Trojan women are Maranda Ostrum, Sarah Jones, Misty Rodriguez, Kelsey Denicola, Victoria Gifford and Nicole Welser.

Soldiers are Daniel Johnson, Chris Ruiz and Gerald Smith.

THE DETAILS
WHAT: “Trojan Women” presented by the Indian River Central School District Drama Club
WHEN: 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Indian River Theatre of the Performing Arts, 32925 Route 11, Philadelphia
COST: Tickets are $5 and can be reserved by calling the theater at 642-5521, ext. 19109. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.
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