The Women of _______ (a song not song)

By I-Chia Chiu
Directed by kt shorb

The Women of _______ (a song not song) is inspired by Euripides' The Women of Troy, a tragedy in which the Trojan women mourn over their fates after their husbands are killed and Troy burns. The play invites the audience to join a group of nameless ghosts on a multilingual journey through poems and tales, to restore dead memories, to trace linguistic and cultural annihilation and to speak for the silenced voices in history. As a partially-devised work collecting the voices of historically marginalized people, the play explores trauma, political wars and our personal wars against ourselves. 

Performances 

Preview: February 13 at 7:30 p.m. 
Opening: February 14 at 7:30 p.m. 
Additional Performances: February 15 - 17 at 7:30 p.m. and February 16 - 17 at 2:00 p.m. 

About the Playwright 

I-Chia Chiu is a storyteller. She writes plays, poems and fairy tales and is passionate about devising, teaching and directing. For Chiu, storytelling has two purposes: to heal wounds and to give a voice to the silent. She is currently a M.F.A. in Playwriting candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. Her works have been developed by Stumbling Ostrich, a theatre ensemble she founded in Taiwan. She has received funding from the New Artist Award Program from the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan to develop her work. ichiachiu.weebly.com

About the Director

kt shorb is a director, writer and performer. They are the founder and producing artistic director of Generic Ensemble Company. Directorial work includes: 893 | Ya-ku-za, Scheherazade; Voices from Death Row; The Mikado: Reclaimed; Robin Hood: An Elegy; What's Goin' On?; Stuck on Gee-Dot; Radio Kaduna and a tortoise walks majestically on window ledges. They are pursuing a Ph.D. in Performance as Public Practice at The University of Texas at Austin. They sit on the Board for the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists and have been an invited fellow for the National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation. ktshorb.net