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Lynchburg students stage unique historical play

"Hecuba" is the story of a fallen queen who overcomes tragedy and slavery in a time of war

October 07, 2010|Tim Saunders | Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief

LYNCHBURG, Va. — It's the kind of play you won't find on many stages in our part of the world.   

Students at Randolph College are putting on an authentic Greek Play this week.

The performance is a school tradition that dates back more than a century.

This year, students are acting out a version of Euripides' "Hecuba."

It's the story of a fallen queen who overcomes tragedy and slavery in a time of war.

The play was originally written in Greek.  Two Randolph professors, Jay Kardan and Laura-Gray Street, have personally translated the script for an English audience.

When plays were performed in antient greece, actors wore large masks with fixed facial expressions.  Randolph has created its own masks to maintain this custom.  They're designed to project the voices of each actor in the outdoor venue where the play is put on.

The show is free and open to the public.  Performances are at 4:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday October 8, 9, and 10 in the Mabel K. Whiteside Greek Theatre at Randolph College.

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