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The Public Theater and Onassis USA Present


Tragic Greek Women on Shakespeare's Stage 

Martinson Theater

Monday, April 22 at 7 pm

Running time: 90 minutes

Public Shakespeare Presents: What's Hecuba to Him? is part of the Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming, co-presented by The Public Theater and Onassis USA.

Public Shakespeare Initiative

Ancient Greek plays – and in particular, their titanic, tragic women – exerted a powerful and uncharted influence on Shakespeare's dramatic landscape. When Hamlet reflects on the moving power of tragic performance, he turns to the most prominent of them: “What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba/That he should weep for her?” Through commentary and readings from Euripides and Shakespeare, Professor Tanya Pollard and a cast of actors including Isabel Arraiza, Tina Benko, Phylicia Rashad, and Ayana Workman will illustrate how Greek plays and their towering female figures challenged Shakespeare to reimagine the affective possibilities of tragedy, comedy, and the emerging genre of tragicomedy.

Photo by Nan Melville

Tickets are $35 plus fees
Member, Public Supporter & Partner tickets are $20

Featuring commentary by Tanya Pollard, and performances by Isabel Arraiza, Tina Benko, Phylicia Rashad, and Ayana Workman 

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