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?
â€œWithout the current turmoil thatâ€™s happening in the Middle East, we have had and are having a number of conflicts around the world,â€ said John Kuhn, co-directer of the play and artistic director of Actors Theatre. â€œThis play deals with the aftereffects of that.â€
Kuhn told WOSUâ€™s theatre critic Joy Reilly that Trojan Woman isnâ€™t about the battle or the Greeks beating the Trojans. Itâ€™s about what happens to the women and children afterwords.
â€œWhat we see is a small group of women who are waiting to learn their fate. We know that theyâ€™ll be made slaves and theyâ€™re waiting to find the nature of that slavery,â€ Kuhn said. â€œItâ€™s a very gut-wrenching, a very heart-rending, but a very realistic look at the repercussions of war.â€
This is the first collaboration between the Columbus School for Girls and the Actors Theatre of Columbus.
â€œThe whole nature of the collaboration, what we wanted to do, was bring to bear some of the resources from Actorsâ€™ Theatre,â€ Kuhn said. â€œIn terms of actors who have a little bit more experience, a little bit more maturity, so that youâ€™re not seeing your traditional high school production, where itâ€™s all high school-aged girls or boys playing all the roles. Youâ€™re seeing age-appropriate casting.â€
Several local, well-known actors are participating in the show, including Kuhn, who plays the god Poseidon.
â€œThese girls are really working hard and itâ€™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,â€ 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.