Trojan Barbie

by  Christine Evans

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 9f

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

"Playwright Christine Evans melds contemporary art and culture with…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 9f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Experimental
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Playwrights First Award; RISCA Playwriting Fellowship; Jane Chambers Playwriting Award
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

  • 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

Reviews

"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

 

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    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.

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 9f

The Trojans
HECUBA -- Queen of Trojans; widow of Priam.
POLLY X -- Hecuba’s youngest daughter, age 15.
CASSANDRA -- Hecuba’s prescient daughter; late teens.
ANDROMACHE -- Hecuba’s daughter-in-law; Hector’s widow; early 30s.
CLEA -- Woman in the camp; CHORUS. Age can be flexibly cast.
ESME -- Woman in the camp; CHORUS. Age can be flexibly cast.
ZOE -- Woman in the camp; CHORUS. Age can be flexibly cast.
AYLA -- Woman in the camp; CHORUS. Age can be flexibly cast.

The Others
HELEN -- The face that launched, etc. Ageless.
LOTTE -- An English tourist and doll repair expert. Age 35-50.
MICA -- Camp guard; also assigned to local spin. 30s.
JORGE -- Soldier from the conquering army. 20s. Latino.
MAX -- Soldier from the conquering army. 20s. African-American.
MENELAUS -- Helen’s slighted husband; led the army that destroyed Troy. 30s or 40s.
CLIVE -- Lotte’s fantasy partner (actually a waiter.) Ageless and perfect.
OFFICER IN BLUE -- Deus Ex Machina from the conquering army.
TALTHYBIUS -- Diplomatic African gentleman; messenger from the conquering army. Age can be flexibly cast.


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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The roles of MENELAUS, CLIVE and OFFICER IN BLUE may be played by the same actor. At the director’s discretion, the same actor may also join the action as a SOLDIER (without lines) in Scenes Eleven and Fourteen. If necessary, MAX and TALTHYBIUS may also be double-cast, but if resources permit, it’s preferable to cast these as stand-alone roles.

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Authors

Christine Evans

Christine Evans’ work has been produced and received awards in the U.S., Australia, and the U.K. Her plays are published by Samuel French (TROJAN BARBIE); NoPassport Press (WAR PLAYS); in Theatre Forum (Issue #35), and in Smith & Kraus’ annual Best Monologues collections. Her first novel, CLOUDLESS, was released by UWA ...

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2009, American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.)

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