Poetic Drama   By E. Thomalen
10M, 10F Four lead roles, Ensemble Work
Like Shakespeare’s King Lear, Hecuba - in The Darkness of the Fire is an epic story of losses and grief in old age. Hecuba, the Queen of defeated Troy, lives to see her children killed or lost in the war and its aftermath, her city burned to the ground, and her people displaced. The play vividly captures the Trojan Queen’s desperate fight against oblivion and challenges the most accomplished actress. It is also a meditation on war and the savagery it evokes in the victors and the vanquished alike. As in all of the classical Greek literature, it is civilizing in its unflinching look at our common and all too human failings.
Running time without intermission: 75 – 80 minutes