Wondering how the characters in The Trojan Women are connected? Check out this interactive family tree to get a better understanding before you head to the play.
Ellen McLaughlin wrote her adaptation of The Trojan Women in response to the Bosnian War, and originally cast people from the former Yugoslavia and Albania living in New York, most of whom were refugees from the war. The following post provides an interactive timeline that allow you to explore the key events of this particular war.
The themes of loss and displacement are universal, but they also hit close to home. Here in Harrisonburg, VA the federal government has subsidized the resettlement of thousands of refugees from countries all over the world. Check out this interactive map to learn more about refugees who have relocated to Harrisonburg.
Daniel Mendelson wrote an article for The New Yorker that explores the magnitude of burial across cultures, by examining the controversy surrounding the burial of Boston Bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and its relation to Greek tragedy. Learn more about this article’s significance to The Trojan Women in this brief analysis.
In contrast to triumphant stories of heroism in battle, Euripides’ tragic play The Trojan Women focuses on the destruction of war. This post outlines direct quotes from McLaughlin and images from a photo essay published by The Atlantic, 20 Years since the Bosnian War.