In its most ambitious cross-cultural collaboration work to date, Alliance for New Music-Theatre brings to the Festival a music-rich retelling of Euripides’ most famous anti-war play “Trojan Women” set in modern day Afghanistan. As the women sing and share their stories, they reach into Afghanistan’s rich and multi-cultural past, stitching together stories and songs that bring us into a deeper and more complex portrait most of us only see through the lens of a war-torn country. A hopeful and more uplifting side shines a light on the resilience of Afghan women, the beauty of their creative expressions, and especially their voices in music and poetry.
Women of Troy: Voices from Afghanistan in its world debut is a music-theatre adaptation represents a cross-cultural collaboration between Afghan and American artists and will showcase the cooperative efforts of two playwright-poets, two co-composers, and 16 performers drawn from American and Afghan musicians and singer-actors. The project represents the company’s mission of cultural diplomacy through the narrative of the important role of women in developing and nurturing the rebirth of civil society.