MMU presents a modern retelling of Euripides’ ‘The Trojan Women’, Oct. 16-18

Mount Mercy University will present its 2015 fall play production, a modern retelling of Eurpides’ “The Trojan Women,” Oct. 16-18 in McAuley Theatre. The show will begin Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The dystopian reinvisioning of Euripides’ classic tells a story of the women of Troy after their city is destroyed and men killed during the Trojan War. The women wait in a prison and maternity ward to hear their fate, and they come to learn that the lucky are already dead.

The production touches on difficult modern world problems and focuses on one of the Sisters of Mercy’s five critical concerns: nonviolence.

“There has been nothing like it on the MMU stage,” said Drama Coordinator Jason Alberty. “This modern retelling is bruising, demanding and troubling. After each performance we will host a TalkBack with Sister Emily [Devine], who is part of a coalition against human trafficking, as well as panelists from the cast and some possible survivors.”

The TalkBack will give audience members a chance to debrief about the difficult topics portrayed throughout the production.

Due to the play’s graphic nature, it is not recommended for those under 17 years of age or who are easily offended.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 319-363-8213 ext. 1229, in the Student Services Suite located on the second floor of the Sisters of Mercy University Center or online at

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