Director: Dharamasiri Bandaranayake
Country: Sri Lanka
The play Trojan women follows the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands have been killed, and their remaining families are about to be taken as slaves. However, is begins first with the Gods Athena and Poseidan discussing ways to punish the Greek armies because they condemned Ajax the Leaser for raping Cassandra, the eldest daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecabe, after dragging her from a statue of Athens. What follows shows how much the Trojan women have suffered as their grief is compounded when the Greeks dole and additional deaths and divide their shares of women. Throughout the play, many of the Trojan women lament the loss of their land that reared them. Hecabe in particular lets it be known that Troy had been her home for her entire life, only to see herself as an old grandmother watching children before she will be taken as slave to Odysseus.
THE DIRECTOR’S NOTE
I have chosen this play “the Trojan women” as my contribution to the efforts to end the civil war raging in our land and bring lasting peace in our society. Even after 35 centuries after creation “The Trojan women” remains the most powerful and foremost antiwar produced in world. Therefore it has been the most powerful weapon in the hands of artists using the arena of theater in the struggle against war and barbarism. Staging this play and its unique dramatic message to all corners of the land, I believe, is the most powerful and contribution that I can make as an artist to lay basis for a society which achieves lasting peace and brings up a generation based on a culture of unity and fraternity. “When a man who takes a city included in a general destruction Temples of the high Gods and Tombs of that honour the deed, He is a fool. His own destruction follows him close” (Euripides) April 14th – 2018