Photo by Reiko Huffman, Seattle University Seattle University students perform in the touring production of The Women of Troy, which will be staged Saturday at The Merc Playhouse.

Photo by Reiko Huffman, Seattle University

Seattle University students perform in the touring production of The Women of Troy, which will be staged Saturday at The Merc Playhouse.

Seattle U production at The Merc Playhouse for one night only

By Ann McCreary

Actors from Seattle University will present The Women of Troy on Saturday (May 21) at 7 p.m. in a one-night-only performance at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp.

The Merc is offering a special invitation to students for the show — free admission to the play and a free barbecue dinner before the performance.

Written by the Greek playwright Euripides 2,500 years ago, The Women of Troy is set during the Trojan War on an island where the men are brutally killed in battle, leaving only women and children who become slaves to the Athenian Empire.

The play is an examination of the suffering and grief of women, children and elderly who are displaced in a war-torn country. Though more than 2,000 years old, the drama draws parallels between an ancient conflict and contemporary issues that affect refugees and victims of war today.

Rosa Joshi, theater professor at Seattle University and recent director for Seattle Shakespeare Company, directs students in the university’s Performing Arts Department in the touring production.

As a special incentive to attract high school students, The Merc is offering a free backyard bratwurst barbecue at The Merc before the performance for students who attend the play. Admission to the play for high school students is free.

“We love to get kids into the theater,” said Missi Smith, executive director of The Merc. “We’re looking for ways to develop our audience in that age group. The more they’re exposed to it, the more they may want to be on stage or behind the scenes.”

Smith said the Seattle University production gives local high school students an opportunity to see high-quality theater performed by actors “only a couple years older than them, living it and doing it. The sound, sets and lighting are all done by theater students, mentored by professionals.”

Students planning to come to the barbecue and play are asked to email in advance to reserve dinner and a ticket at info@mercplayhouse.org. Admission for people over 18 is $16.