"Even when two horses are separated, the other will still pull reluctantly. And they are beasts without reason, without speech. We are human beings."
– Andromache from The Trojan Women by Euripides

The chorus (Anne DeAcetis, Katie Taber, and Jessica Weixler) move toward Hecuba (Holly Troupe). This chorus, seen here as a group of three, is being revised to accommodate seven performers (photo from the Juilliard fall Production)
Trojan Women
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The Trojan Women
By Euripides
Translated by Nicholas Rudall
Adapted and Directed by Joanna Settle

New York Theatre Workshop
Public Reading

April 7, 2003

About the Text:

In the introduction to his translation of The Trojan Women, Nicholas Rudall writes, “One year before the first performance of The Trojan Women, in 415 B.C., Athenians had invaded the island of Melos, which was Greek but determined neutral in the war between Athens and Sparta. Athenian forces captured the island, put the men to death, and enslaved the women and children. This barbaric act provoked the people of Athens; Euripides’ play thrusts us into the presence of the pain of innocent victims of war.”

This script, which involves almost no action, once again finds itself a topical and contemporary work 2,400 years after it was written.  The members and artistic associates of D13 were deeply drawn to the story, the strength of Nicholas' Rudall's raw and contemporary translation, and the emotional texture of the work.

Hecuba is caught between Andromache (Sarah McMinn) and Talthybius (David Briggs), who has just told her that the Greeks have decided to kill her young son.

Progress To Date:

D13’s interest in producing The Trojan Women began when Artistic Director Joanna Settle was hired by the Juilliard School (her alma mater) in the fall of 2002 to direct the script for the Drama Division's graduating class (Group 32). Company members Katie Taber and Anne DeAcetis were invited to join the cast as guest artists. Also hired onto the team were D13 Artistic Associates Andrew Lieberman (set designer), Obadiah Eaves (composer), Peter West (lighting designer), and David Neumann (choreographer).

The production was staged on a steep wall at a 30-degree angle to the floor, creating an immediate performance challenge. This physical environment also served to make clear the level of danger facing the Trojan women as spoils of war.

In the fall, the play was performed near the one-year anniversary of September 11th. The remount in the spring opened with the start of the war in Iraq (indeed, our 8pm invited dress rehearsal on March 19 began at Saddam Hussein's deadline to leave Baghdad).  The production,with a running time of 1 hour and 15 minutes, was an intensely personal experience for performers and audience alike.

New York Theatre Workshop supported D13's efforts to move the production with a “Monday At 3pm” reading, and facilitated a very helpful talkback with the audience and artistic staff of NYTW. Their support allowed us to rehearse for one week with the new cast.

Filled with singing and sonic underscoring, constant choreography, and plainspoken storytelling, we intend to remount The Trojan Women with a full D13 cast and design team within the next year.

Please contact Artistic Director Joanna Settle at for more information. Video and audio samples are available.


For April 7th reading at NYTW

Stage Manager: Lisa Gavaletz
Sound Operator: Adrian Brandau
Singing Coach: Jana Zielonka


For April 7th reading at NYTW

Anne DeAcetis (Chorus)
Juliana Francis (Helen)
Miriam Laube (Cassandra)
Susan McGeary (Chorus)
Sarah McMinn (Andromache)
Jesse J. Perez (Talthybius)
Steven Rishard (Menelaus)
Rachel Sledd (Athena)
James Stanley (Poseidon)
Katie Taber (Chorus)
Holly Troupe (Hecuba)
Eunice Wong (Chorus)

Production Design Team

Set Design: Andrew Lieberman
Lighting Design: Peter West
Costume Design: Kasia Walicka Maimone
Sound Design and Original Composition: Obadiah Eaves
Choreographer: David Neumann