29 Oct 2007

Pharos Lecture: October 29, 2007

HECUBA: One Woman’s Argument
 Professor George McWhirterUBC Department of Creative Writing

Troy is lost, Hecuba’s husband—the King of Troy—is dead, the Greek army is set to sail home and she, into slavery.

George McWhirter sees Euripides’ play Hecuba as one woman's argument with the army of destiny, its generals, and one of its dastards. Capturing this argument (and another, with her daughter, not to predecease her) and how the fierce melody of Hecuba’s lament propels the acute logic of her case is McWhirter’s subject.
More than two millennia have passed since Euripides’ Hecuba was first performed in the open air on a Greek hillside. What has changed since? Not war. Not vengeance. Not love. And not the ability of this great play to move you.
Vancouver’s Blackbird Theatre will present an innovative, new production of Euripide’s Hecuba, adapted by George McWhirter and directed by John Wright, at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Dec 28, 2007 – Jan 12, 2008. For details:
Monday 29 October 2007
Upper Hall. The Hellenic Community Centre
4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Time: 8:00 pm