Inspired by Euripedes’ The Trojan Women, a 4th-century B.C. account of the destruction of Troy, Theater Alliance’s Occupied Territories examines lives through and after war. Conceived, directed, and co-choreographed by local artist Mollye Maxner, who has previously presented work at the Source Festival and as a Kenan Fellow at the Kennedy Center, this cerebral text is paired with a forceful staging. As decades pass, Occupied Territories’ characters remain consumed by the consequences—emotional, physical, and spiritual—of war. Maxner’s work explores how armed conflict changes our lives immediately and over time; in the capable hands of Theater Alliance actors and crewmembers, the audience will be forced to consider the questions that come along with war long after the drama ends. The play runs June 10 to July 5 at the Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE. $20–$35. (202) 241-2539. theateralliance.com.

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