Directing Thesis: 'The Trojan Women'
October 09, 2021
October 09, 2021
October 08, 2021
October 07, 2021
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th Street
New York, NY 10027
(enter on 125th Street, west of Broadway)
Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program is proud to present The Trojan Women, an adaptation of Euripides’ tragedy, directed by current student Rebecca Miller Kratzer.
In the immediate aftermath of their devastating defeat, the widowed women of Troy shelter in place and await the new world order. This new chamber opera adaptation of Euripides’ tragedy, The Trojan Women, speaks truth about war, power, and displacement across the centuries. It is a collective howl, a meditation on grief, past, present, and future. It is mourning made electric. Miller Kratzer asks us to grapple with the Trojan horses—misogyny, white supremacy, partisanship—we have welcomed blindly into our own lives and allowed to fester for so long.
There is a limit of one (1) ticket per person, per performance and each ticket must be held in the name of the guest attending the event. A limited number of walk-ups will be available for each performance.
The Lenfest Center for the Arts is subject to the Key to New York City Executive Order. Therefore all guests entering the building will be required to show proof of vaccination and ID. Children under age 12 cannot be admitted.
1 hour, no intermission
This presentation will be available to stream online November 21–November 15, 2021. More details to come.
Julia Caldwell, Sophia Castuera, Nate Janis (student), Juliet Morris, Ilene Pabon, Trysten Reynolds, and Kathleen Shelton.
Music Director & Pianist George Luton
Bandurist Zoya Shepko
Violinist Sana Nagano
Cellist Lydia Paulos
Production Team and Crew
Composer Sarah Taylor Ellis
Librettist Ellen McLaughlin, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of English, Barnard College
Director Rebecca Miller Kratzer (student)
Music Director/Pianist George Luton
Producers Sean Anthony Chia (student) and Anabel Manuela Romero (student)
Dramaturg Anisa Rose Threlkeld (student)
Production Stage Manager Hadley Armstrong ‘21
Assistant Stage Manager Cal Langston (student)
Production Designer Tyler Herald
Lighting Designer Betsy Chester
Costume Designer Eszter Retfalvi
Projection Designer Andrew Freeburg (student)
Sound Designer Jacob Kyle Robinson (student)
Vocal Coach Mila Henry
Company Manager Yining Cao (student)
Assistant Costume Designer Lukas Wassmann
About the Artist
Rebecca Miller Kratzer (she/her) is a New York-based theatre and opera director and a MFA candidate in the Theatre Directing Concentraion at Columbia University School of the Arts. She tells multifaceted stories by and about women, informed by her connection to the Jewish diaspora, through the fusion of theatre and opera. She also directs new plays, creates dream ballets, and coaches directors.
Rebecca is the Resident Stage Director and Chief Engagement Officer at Helios Opera, and was the 2020-2021 Directing Fellow at Opera Saratoga, where she directed Don Quichotte at Comacho’s Wedding. She formerly served as the Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera Project where she directed La Cenerentola, Don Giovanni, and Fidelio, and has worked with Katie Mitchell, Whitney White, Annie-B Parson, The New York Times, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Big Dance Theatre, BAM, Opera Saratoga, Opera del West, The Bushwick Starr, The Tank NYC, The Footlight Club, Bridge Rep, and Hub Theatre. She has held development positions at Trinity Repertory Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Upcoming projects include directing The Drag at Fordham University this November, and working with students at The Longy School of Music in the fall of 2022.
Rebecca received her BA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University and holds a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration from Boston University.