It was a wet, rainy, windy evening in Vancouver, the only Canadian city to host the newly acclaimed theatrical play based on the Trojan war, “Troades”. In the main hall of the Hellenic Community Center on Arbutus, the lead actress, Paola Hadjilambri, introduced the concept and history of the play explaining the Trojan story and its’ characters.
The authentic Greek actors of Troades sang to Mikis Theodorakis’ famous musical compositions as they walked around the stage dressed in their ancient costumes. The sharp eye of their humble director Leonidas Loizides followed the play as he sat nearby in the dark.
The live performance evoked many emotions and reactions from the audience; the despair and anguish that was dramatically portrayed by the actors on stage stirred many to tears.
The play is an anti-war statement and portrays the plight of women and children following the defeat of Troy at the Trojan war and brings alive the timeless message that there are neither winners nor losers at any war, but even through the disaster and despair caused by war, there is always hope and catharsis.
Directed by acclaimed theatre and film director Leonidas Loizides, with music by Mikis Theodorakis (composer of the “Zorba the Greek” film score).
Troades is appearing in other locations on the west coast:
November 1 – Seattle, WA
November 4 – Portland, OR
November 14 – Los Angeles, CA
November 15 – San Diego, CA