Full Length Play
Adaptations (Literature), Experimental
Time Period - Contemporary, Greek; Roman & Biblical
Settings Of Play -
A barren space that suggests both ancient and modern war zones. The sparse presence of elements such as cyclone wire, plastic sheeting, or rusted corrugated iron sheets evokes contemporary refugee camps.
There are other spaces: a space of the gods where Polly X and Cassandra at times appear; Lotte’s doll hospital in England; the tourist café she visits in contemporary Troy.
Since layers of time collapse into one another in this play, it’s best served by a flexible and evocative design, where discrete spaces can form and bleed into one another, rather than being “realistically” rendered.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Playwrights First Award; RISCA Playwriting Fellowship; Jane Chambers Playwriting Award
Winner! 2007 Jane Chambers Award
Winner! Playwrights First "Plays for the 21st Century" Award
Winner! 2009 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship
A Car-Crash Encounter with Euripides' Trojan Women. Past and present violently collide when Lotte, an English tourist who repairs dolls, is captured while on a tour of current-day Troy and flung back into the ancient camp of Euripides' Trojan Women.
Part contemporary drama, part homage to Euripides' Trojan Women, Trojan Barbie recasts the legendary fall of the city of Troy against the vivid reality of modern warfare. Poetic, compassionate, and tinged with great warmth and humor, Trojan Barbie is an epic war story with a most unlikely heroine, who always looks on the bright side even as past and present collide about her.
"Playwright Christine Evans melds contemporary art and culture with an ancient, mythical war in her explosive new work, Trojan Barbie...an imaginative, time-warped view of the ongoing challenges women have faced since foreign conflict first raged thousands of years ago." - Talkin' Broadway
"Based on Trojan Barbie, Christine Evans should be on the radar of anyone who cares about contemporary American theater. ” - OC Weekly
"Daringly conceived...As hard-edged and eloquent as slam poetry." - The Edge
"You will not find a better play. Anywhere. Anytime." - The Signal Tribune
2009, American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.)