devised by Rachel Hynes and the ensemble
The Trojan Women Project
In repertory with William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus
January 31st - February 25th, 2018
The Lab at Convergence
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm
Saturday at 3pm
Sunday at 2pm and 7pm
The Trojan Women Project runs approximately two hours, with a 10-minute intermission.
General Admission: $20
See both shows in the repertory for just $30!
About the Play
The Trojan Women Project, led by experienced devisor and BST Artistic Associate Rachel Hynes, explores the timeless story of The Trojan Women to illuminate modern women’s relationships to war, sexuality, politics, slavery, and female-on-female violence. A blurred mash-up of song, movement, feminist text, and poetics, The Trojan Women Project employs an ensemble from different backgrounds and of different cultures, ages, and races to create a new version of the classic play that speaks to us today. This intersectional look at American women asks why being women isn’t enough to unite us and whether or not we are the losers in the American Dream.
Trigger warnings for The Trojan Women Project:
Sexual assault, emotional abuse, and Police brutality.
Recommended for ages 13 and above.
The Trojan Women Project is part of the second Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The first Festival, in fall 2015, was the largest collaboration of theatre companies working simultaneously to produce original works by female writers in history.
Women’s Voices Theater Festival passes are available through TodayTix.
Cast and Creative
Lisa was previously seen as Donada in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Westminster, Worcester, and Davy in BST’s Henri IV: The Re-Gendered Henry IV Repertory.
Renea S. Brown
Renea Brown, Lexington, KY, obtained her Bachelors of Science in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville and a Certificate in Acting from Circle in the Square Broadway Theatre in Manhattan. Recent credits include The Tempest and Macbeth at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Amber in Good Kids, Guiderius in Cymbeline and Taylor in the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage production of Abortion Road Trip at Theatre Prometheus; Celia in As You Like It at PG Shakes; Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, and The Tempest at KY Shakespeare Theatre.
For BST: Murderer, Duchess of York, Lord Grey (Richard III) and Dr. Faustus. Rachel is an actor-devisor and Creative Lead of performance group, Collective Eleven, with whom she had created and performed in Tale of a Tiger: a poetic fairytale, Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one), You Have Made a Story on My Skin, Call on Me, Burning Down the House and Just Put It Behind You. She is currently creating LadyM, a riff on Macbeth’s women, investigating feminine power, violence and blood. Rachel is a winner of the Larry Neal Award for Dramatic Writing and is a recipient of the DCCAH Artist Fellowship. Rachel’s penchant for creating and developing new, innovative work has led her through six years as Co-Artistic Director of experimental performance group, Helsinki Syndrome, two years as an Associate Artist with banished? productions (Tyger, ,she took me back so tenderly,) and three years as a devisor director with Arena Stage’s Voices of Now program. She is currently a proud Producing Playwright with The Welders.
Casey staged violence for BST’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Maid’s Tragedy, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet and Co-Directed The Bloody Banquet. A Certified Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors, Casey has arranged fights for more than four hundred productions throughout the country, including extensive work with the Folger, Round House, Signature, and Rorschach Theatres. He designed blood effects for Faction of Fools’ Titus Andronicus and Constellation Theatre’s Lieutenant of Inishmore, as well as the Men at Arms: Reforged web series, and he serves as an audition choreographer for Marvel Universe Live. Casey has been an instructor at Catholic University, the University of Mary Washington, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, as well as a guest artist for Fight Directors Canada and the Nordic Stagefight Society. He founded and fostered Tooth & Claw Combat Arts into the largest stage combat training program in the DC area: www.toothandclawcombat.com
Graduating from the Catholic University of America with her MFA in Acting in 2015 Briana’s passion for classical theater and text led her to play Hotspur, Coleville, Clarence, and of course Mouldy in BST’s Henri IV: the Re-Gendered Henry IV Repertory. Other DC and MD credits include: Mercutio and Friar Lawrence in Juliet and Romeo and Portia in The Merchant of Venice with Catholic University, Dori in Danny Boy with Unexpected Stage Company, Countess and Mariana in All’s Well that Ends Well with Blood & Courage: the under-30 company of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet with Shakespeare in the Parks Prince George’s County, Dusty in Stone Tape Party with NuSass productions, First Witch in Macbeth with Theatre Prometheus, and Emilia in Othello with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.
REGIONAL: Catholic University of America: Little Women; Keegan Theatre Company: Six Degrees of Separation; Theatre Prometheus: Cymbeline, Macbeth, Urban Arias, Independence Eve; NextStop Theatre: Urinetown the Musical, Boeing Boeing, Willy Wonka, Eurydice, City of Angels, Snow White, Crimes of the Heart, Seussical the Musical, Middletown, No Spring Chicken, Kiss Me Kate, Aladdin, The Secret Garden, A Man For All Seasons, Love Loss and What I Wore, Gutenberg! The Musical, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Sylvia, Miss Electricity; Infinity Theatre Company: A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Godspell, Million Dollar Quartet, Almost Heaven (Costume Designer/Wardrobe Supervisor). To learn more, visit her website at KristinaMartinDesign.com.
Wednesday, January 31 @ 8pm: Preview The Trojan Women Project
Thursday, February 1 @ 8pm: Preview The Trojan Women Project
Friday, February 2 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Saturday, February 3 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Thursday, February 8 @ 8pm: Preview Coriolanus
Friday, February 9 @ 8pm: Coriolanus
Saturday, February 10 @ 3pm: The Trojan Women Project
Saturday, February 10 @ 8pm: Coriolanus
Sunday, February 11 @ 2pm:The Trojan Women Project
Sunday, February 11 @ 7pm: Coriolanus
Monday, February 12 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Wednesday, February 14 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Thursday, February 15 @ 8pm: Coriolanus
Friday, February 16 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Saturday, February 17 @ 3pm: Coriolanus
Saturday, February 17 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Sunday, February 18 @ 2pm: Coriolanus
Sunday, February 18 @ 7pm: The Trojan Women Project
Monday, February 19 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Wednesday, February 21 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Thursday, February 22 @ 8pm: Coriolanus
Friday, February 23 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Saturday, February 24 @ 3pm: The Trojan Women Project
Saturday, February 24 @ 8pm: Coriolanus
Sunday, February 25 @ 2pm: The Trojan Women Project
Sunday, February 25 @ 7pm: Coriolanus
A singular event. The Trojan Women Project is packed with moments of dramatic sizzle from verbal and physical pokes and prods, along with striking flashes of sinewy poetry; surrounded by grounded, bracingly delivered monologues exploring knotty cultural and political issues of the here and now.
A ferocious feminist tip of the spear … its stylistic focus and controlled anger give it a very live edge.
A convergence of brutality and beauty, primal and prime.
There are moments that jar— there are moments that stun— there are moments that touch the heart— all encompassed in one performance, a rarity in and of itself. Hynes utilizes the ensemble and puts all of their individual strengths into play as well as their collective nature to perform as one unit …Gripping, unforgettable, revolutionary, and moving.