WMU News

Drama reveals Women of War

Sept. 25, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- University Theatre at Western Michigan University presents an adaptation of one of Euripides' most shocking and popular dramas, "Women of Troy...Women of War," for seven performances, Sept. 25-28 and Oct. 2-4.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept 25-27 and Oct. 2-4. There is a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Sept. 28. Seating is by general admission. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $6 for students and are available through the Gilmore Theatre Ticket Office at (269) 387-6222, weekdays noon to 5 p.m. Box offices at Miller Auditorium and the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo also sell tickets to University Theatre productions.

An opening night reception sponsored by Theo & Stacy's will take place after the Sept. 25 performance. Post-show discussions with the director and the cast are scheduled for Sept. 27 and 28 and Oct. 2 and 3.

"Women of Troy..." uses the background of the classic text to celebrate the human spirit and the will to survive when faced with terror, brutality and loss. The play explores ancient and modern warfare through personal narratives, journal entries, and letters.

Directed by Joan Herrington, professor of theatre, with Professor Emerita Lyda Stillwell, "Women of Troy..." is a collaborative theatre piece that allows women from around the globe to share their stories about one of the greatest of human tragedies. The ensemble took several months to develop the adaptation, using cast contributions and current events to structure the script. From the infamous Helen of Troy to an American soldier in Iraq, the production is a story of all women of war.

Performers include WMU seniors Dayna Dantzler, Martin Kettling, Tara Matosky, Brian Ogden, Autumn Shiley and Allen Vanhouzen; juniors Nylda Mark and Mia Shellenbarger; and sophomores Joshua Davis and Katie Duthler.

The 2003-04 season at the University Theatre is made possible through a partnership with TIAA-CREF.

Media contact: Patrick Donnelly, 269 387-6222, patrick.donnelly@wmich.edu

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