THE TROJAN WOMEN

THE TROJAN WOMEN

June 23- July 2  

Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin

Directed by Shadi Ghaheri      


The men of Troy have been slaughtered.  Their wives and daughters – prime plunder of a 10-year war they never asked for –await their fate as slaves of the victorious Greeks. Ellen McLaughlin’s elegant 1995 translation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women forced American audiences to bear witness to the female victims of the Bosnian war. Co-Artistic Director Shadi Ghaheri’s new all-female production sets McLaughlin’s adaptation in today's war-torn Syria, examining the injustice women have faced as victims of war atrocities from 400 BC to 1995 to the present day.

CAST

Danielle Chaves -

Cassandra

Danielle Chaves is a freshly inaugurated second-year MFA acting candidate at the Yale School of Drama. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Danielle received her BFA undergraduate degree at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. After graduating she became an acting company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two seasons. Thereafter, she lived, acted, and worked in beautiful Portland, Oregon before applying and being accepted to the Yale School of Drama.  Selected Credits: Conchita (Anna in the Tropics), Blanche DuBois (A Streetcar Named Desire), Lady Macbeth (¡O, Romeo!), Penny Pennywise (Urinetown), Lady Amaranth (Wild Oats), Lady in Black (Ghost Light), Jaquenetta (Love’s Labour’s Lost).  YSD Credits: Elizabeth (Escape from Happiness, YSD Spring Project), Carol (North of Providence, Cabaret 12: Satellite Series).

Antoinette Crowe-Legacy -

Hecuba

Antoinette Crowe-Legacy is a rising third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Three SistersSome Bodies Travel, and Our Lady of ‪121st Street. She recently appeared as Ruby in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at Yale Repertory Theatre. Other credits include The Slow Sound of Snow and In the Red and Brown Water (Yale Cabaret). She holds a BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University, where she appeared in The Womenfor colored girls…, and The Skriker, among others. She has also performed with Soul Rep Theatre and Dallas Theater Center.

Evelyn Giovine - 

Poseidon

Evelyn Giovine is a rising second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama. Selected credits include Scenes from Court Life (Yale Reperotry Theatre); The Hour of Great Mercy (Yale School of Drama); Elektra, Great Expectations, Uncle Vanya (Lewis Center for the Arts); Zoyka’s Apartment, Much Ado About Nothing, Red Noses, Der Bourgeois Bigwig (McCarter Theatre/Princeton University); No Exit, Venus in Fur, and Frankenstein (Theatre Intime). Evelyn earned her BA in English with an emphasis in Slavic studies and a minor in Theatre from Princeton University with additional training from Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, and BADA.  evelyngiovine.com, @evvygiovine

Rachel Kenney -

Talthybius

Rachel Kenney is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio. TV: Boardwalk Empire (HBO), recurring role in the drama series Eye Candy (MTV). NY Theatre: understudy, The Mystery  of Love and Sex (Lincoln Center Theatre), actor and director with The Story Pirates. Regional Theatre: Angel Street (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Rachel attended Northwestern University for undergrad, and lived in NYC before coming to the Yale School of Drama to pursue her MFA in acting. At Yale, she’s been seen in The Meal, Quonsets, Circling the Drain (all Yale Cabaret), and Escape From Happiness (YSD Spring Project). www.rachel-kenney.com

Kineta Kunutu - 

Andromache

Kineta Kunutu is a rising second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama. Her Yale Cabaret credits include In the Red and Brown Water and The Red Tent.  Other credits: but i cd only whisper (The Flea Theatre); Mandela (East Harlem Repertory Company); Macbeth (The Drilling Company); Romeo and Juliet, Richard II (Hamlet Isn’t Dead). She studied with the American Musical Dramatic Academy, and was a resident member of The Bats at The Flea Theatre.

 

Sohina Sidhu -

Helen

Sohina Sidhu is from Southern California, loves hot sauce, and wants to create socially conscious work. She has just finished her first year in the acting program at Yale School of Drama. This past spring, she conceived and directed The Red Tent at the Yale Cabaret.

 

CREATIVE 

TEAM

Shadi Ghaheri -

Director

Shadi Ghaheri is currently an MFA Candidate in Directing at the Yale School of Drama. Her credits at Yale School of Drama include Titus AndronicusWrong River, and at the Yale Cabaret, The Slow Sound of Snow, Butterfly’s Terror, and Faryadaa (Satellite Series). For her thesis production, she is directing Death of Yazdgerd by Bahram Beyzai in December 2017.  She performed in Boris Yeltsin (Cassandra), Adam Geist (The Girl), Revolt, She Said. Revolt Again at Yale Cabaret.  Shadi is a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow of 2016.

Ariel Sibert -

Dramaturg

Ariel Sibert is a rising third-year student of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama. She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a BA degree in Art History and awards in Theater and Poetry. Previously, she worked at the Literary Office of Actors Theatre of Louisville. She is the winner of the Joel Tansey Prize for Graduate Writing and a member of the New Museum's Critical Matters of Performance working group. Her writing has appeared in the Comparative Drama Conference’s Text and Presentation and American Theatre.


Gerardo Diaz Sanchez -

Set Design

Gerardo Diaz Sanchez is a first year set designer born and raised in Guayama, Puerto Rico.

Gerardo has cultivated a passion for performance and art from an early age. He focused on dancing and acting when he was younger, but his inclination for drawing and visual arts led him to earn his BA in Environmental Design from the School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico.  The combination of his initial enthusiasm for performance and his perception of the human body's relationship to space led him to do a double major in Theater Design and Techniques, before applying to the Yale School of Drama.  His recent credits include The Yale School of Drag (Yale Cabaret 2017).

Cole McCarty -

Costume Design

Cole McCarty is a rising third year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Blood Wedding and If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka. Other recent credits include Current LocationThunder Above, Deeps BelowCollisions, Xander Xyst: Dragon 1 and The Meal (Yale Cabaret). A native Texan, his design credits include Loving vs. VirginiaLydie BreezeThe War Boys (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Reckless (Theatre Three), and the short film Rolling on the Floor Laughing (Official Selection Sundance Film Festival). He has assisted designers such as Catherine Zuber, Emilio Sosa, and Gabriel Berry on various Broadway, off-Broadway, and major regional productions. He holds a BFA in theatre design and technology from University of Evansville.

Elizabeth Green -

Lighting Design

Elizabeth Green is a lighting designer for theatre and dance as well as an experienced stage manager. Hailing from Michigan, she spent some time assisting and designing in Kansas City. She completed her MFA in lighting design at Yale School of Drama.  She plans to move to New York City upon graduation.  Her credits include Mary Jane (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Three SistersNew Domestic ArchitectureThe Oresteia, and The Winter’s Tale (Yale School of Drama).  Other Credits include The Meal, The Secretaries, and Sister Sandman Please (Yale Cabaret); Flowers in the Wardrobe (Whim Productions).  Elizabeth has a BA in stage management from Western Michigan University.  

Frederick Kennedy -

Sound Design & Composer

Frederick C Kennedy is a rising third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include If Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and Othello. He recently wrote, co-directed, and performed in Collisions at Yale Cabaret and was the associate sound designer for Yale Rep’s Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince. Other credits include Adam Geist, Alice In Wonderland, Envy: the Concert (Yale Summer Cabaret); Circling the Drain, Débâcles, Lake Kelsey, Vignette of a Recollection, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens, How We Died of Disease-Related Illnesses, and I’m With You In Rockland (Yale Cabaret). Prior to Yale, Frederick worked full time as a musician, producer, and educator in New York City, where he taught music production at City University of New York and appeared as a drummer on more than 50 albums. His diverse musical career has taken him on tours throughout North America and Europe, as well as to parts of South America, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific.

Christina Fontana -

Stage Manager

Christina Fontana is entering her second year as an MFA candidate in Stage Management at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Bulgaria! Revolt!A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Hour of Great Mercy. Prior to Yale, Christina worked with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas on  at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and CRISS ANGEL Believe at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. She also worked onboard Norwegian Cruise Line with Blue Man Group, Nickelodeon, Cirque Dreams, and Legends In Concert. Christina earned her BA in Performing Arts at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.