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According to the Greek tragedians, women are, for the most part, hysterical nutjobs. But then again, in nearly every play, women are assaulted, attacked, and driven to madness by murderous, power-hungry men. This insanity is particularly resonant in Euripedes’ The Trojan Women, which features the women of Troy in agony after watching their city burn. With Trojan Barbie, playwright and new Georgetown faculty member Christine Evans has adapted the play for the 21st century. Her protagonist, Lotte Jones, is a doll repairer who visits modern-day Troy on a singles tour but is suddenly transported to the time of the city’s legendary fall. She winds up in a prison camp with the original Trojan women, including an angry Hecuba, who follows her back to present-day England in search of Lotte’s dolls, which she believes are the bodies of her murdered children. The premise may bite off a little too much, but if Trojan Barbie is any indication, Evans’ work may inspire us to rethink the Greeks for a while to come.
The play runs April 11 to April 20 at the Gonda Theatre at Georgetown University, 3700 O St. NW. $8–$18. 202-687-2787. performingarts.georgetown.edu.