Trojan Women

Written by:

Gwendolyn MacEwen

Cast Size:




    Gender Roles
    Women's Rights


    90 min.

    Year Written:



    With a stunning command of the Greek language and a mastery of poetic nuance, this translation of Euripides’ play breathes unparalleled life into an ancient masterpiece. Using vocabulary that gives the sense that the play was written with an appreciation of and application to the 20th and 21st centuries, this adaptation goes beyond the timeless plot of the consequences of war and the fate of both the victors and the losers and focuses on the modern-day issues of feminism and women’s rights. Also included in this volume are two long poems—”Helen” and “Orestes”—by contemporary Greek poet Yannis Ritsos, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize.


    HECUBA, Queen of Troy, Priam’s widow. Aging, but ageless.

    CASSANDRA, Hecuba’s daughter, High Priestess of Apollo, a holy virgin. She is a nubile fifteen-year-old.

    ANDROMACHE, Hector’s widow. About thirty, self-righteous and shrill.

    HELEN, wife of Menelaus. In her mid-twenties, beautiful, a pathological liar.

    TALTHYBIUS, a Greek messenger.

    MENELAUS, King of Sparta.

    A CHORUS of nine Trojan women.

    The CHILD, a boy of about five.

    First Produced:

    Toronto Arts Production at the St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto, 1978.


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    Published by the Toronto Playwrights Co-op in 1979