Was it coincidence that the Columbus School for Girls and the Actors Theatre of Columbus would choose to perform Trojan Women at the same time as an upheaval in the Middle East, or did the gods have a hand?
“Without the current turmoil that’s happening in the Middle East, we have had and are having a number of conflicts around the world,” said John Kuhn, co-directer of the play and artistic director of Actors Theatre. “This play deals with the aftereffects of that.”
Kuhn told WOSU’s theatre critic Joy Reilly that Trojan Woman isn’t about the battle or the Greeks beating the Trojans. It’s about what happens to the women and children afterwords.
“What we see is a small group of women who are waiting to learn their fate. We know that they’ll be made slaves and they’re waiting to find the nature of that slavery,” Kuhn said. “It’s a very gut-wrenching, a very heart-rending, but a very realistic look at the repercussions of war.”
This is the first collaboration between the Columbus School for Girls and the Actors Theatre of Columbus.
“The whole nature of the collaboration, what we wanted to do, was bring to bear some of the resources from Actors’ Theatre,” Kuhn said. “In terms of actors who have a little bit more experience, a little bit more maturity, so that you’re not seeing your traditional high school production, where it’s all high school-aged girls or boys playing all the roles. You’re seeing age-appropriate casting.”
Several local, well-known actors are participating in the show, including Kuhn, who plays the god Poseidon.
“These girls are really working hard and it’s so exciting to see them grow and see them making choices and developing as young actresses, but also really doing amazing work on these very very challenging roles,” Kuhn said.
Trojan Women will open March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus School for Girls. On March 3 and 4, the performances will be at 8 p.m., and on March 6, there will be a matinee at 4 p.m.