Direction: Mihai Maniutiu
Sound Design: Patricia Cardona
Composition: Mark Caspary
Scenic Design: Robin Darling
Costume Design: Gwyneth Conaway Bennison
Lighting Design: Stacy Mcaney
After Troy was created and directed by renowned Romanian Director Mihai Maniutiu, at the Claire Trevor Theater at UCI. The piece is based on the Euripides tragedy. Hecuba examines the destruction and degradation of Trojan women after the ten year Trojan War. Maniutiu explores the painful emotions surrounding war and the reality of our own world’s intimacy with violence in this post-apocalyptic piece.
There were seven songs described in the text that were composed based on sound palettes the sound designer gave to me. The rest of the underscore was developed as the play was created in the rehearsal room with close collaboration between the director and sound designer. Some vocals were recoded, some were performed live, and some were supported with backing tracks.
This song is sung when the women of Troy, led by Hecuba. The women rise up against a Trojan general and gouged out his eyes.
Better For Her to Die
This song is sung/rapped by the Trojan soldiers as they threaten that it is better to let Hecuba’s daughter, Palixana, die as a sacrifice than to have her live in the terrible destruction of Troy.
Final Masters of Troy
This is the Final song recapitulating the theme sung/chanted by the Trojan soldiers. In this version they convey the grandeur and power they possess.
Final Moments of the Play
During the final moments of the play, Hecuba performs a ritual with her dead children that transcends the plain of reality into the world of the dead as ash from the nearby volcanoes falls upon them.
This music serves as a counterpoint to the violent action on stage as the women of Troy are harassed and abused by the invading soldiers.