Nov 8-11, 2018





Translated by Roe Green Artist Diane Rayor
Masks by Roe Green Artist Jonathan Becker

Years of violence and war have stripped Hecuba—Queen of Troy—of all she holds dear. In this translation of Euripides’ bleakest drama, Hecuba grieves her first born son killed in combat, and exacts revenge as her daughter is sacrificed to appease the gods and honor her son’s killer.

Professor Tamara Meneghini directs a cast of CU Theatre & Dance Department's talented young performers in the elegant University Theatre.

Performance dates and times: 

Friday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.


View full program

Read more

Director’s notes

Hecuba is an examination of the psychology of the powerful and the powerless in time of con ict. Hecuba’s world, not so unlike today, is unstable and characterized by sudden changes and violence. The justice Hecuba seeks comes at the price of the dehumanization of the other side of the con ict, catapulting our story into a cycle of violence.

We know that the Greeks were masterful storytellers and so Hecuba is also a play about how we tell stories and who gets to control the narrative of these mythic tales. We had the unique opportunity of having Euripides in the room with us by way of Greek translator Diane Rayor. She provided us with a unique connection to the past during rehearsal while listening for the desired trans guration of the text to bring the story alive today. Those intricate adjustments are present in this production.

For this production of Hecuba, we are honored to welcome four other outstanding professional artists to our team. Jonathan Becker’s masterful masks provide a rich palette for our actors’ creation of character. The hauntingly beautiful music, composed by Jesse Manno, grew out of the same genuine intrigue of what ancient Greek music sounded like and how to make it meaningful today. Clare Henkel’s inspired costumes and Caitlin Ayer’s poetic scene design invite us into a world where kings and political prisoners alike realize they are cut from the same human cloth, regardless of their wealth, politics or ethnicity.

—Tamara Meneghini

Please note: This production contains stylized depictions of violence.

Buying options: Discounts for groups, youth, seniors, students, CU employees and season ticket orders. Learn more


Tamara Meneghini

Read Bio for Tamara Meneghini


Diane Rayor

Read Bio for Diane Rayor

Composer and performer of original music

Jesse Manno

Read Bio for Jesse Manno


Egemen Kesikli


Read Bio for Egemen Kesikli

Jason Toennis


Read Bio for Jason Toennis

Katie Lennon


Read Bio for Katie Lennon

Michelle Diller

Trojan Chorus

Read Bio for Michelle Diller

Elena Sayeedi


Read Bio for Elena Sayeedi

View all cast

Production Team


John Gibert

Read Bio for John Gibert


Download Performance Program
Download File

Performance Program

Download 340.2KB

Getting Here

Get directions, parking suggestions, performance information and more.

Your Visit - Getting Here

Visiting Boulder

There’s something for everyone in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, from hiking to dining to shopping. Why not stay a while?

Visit Boulder - Visiting Boulder

More CU Theatre View all events

The House of Ramon Iglesia

Dec 6-9, 2018

The House of Ramon Iglesia

A play by Jose Rivera
Free reserved tickets

The bond between sons and fathers is tested in this moving drama about two generations of immigrants. Relationships among immigrant family members tur...

Almost, Maine

Feb 7-10, 2019

Almost, Maine

A play by John Cariani
Tickets $16

On a cold, clear night in the fictional town of Almost, Maine, residents find themselves falling in and out of love in strange and unexpected ways. Th...

The Voice of the Prairie

Feb 14-17, 2019

The Voice of the Prairie

A play by John Olive
Free reserved tickets

What happens when a naive farmer meets a profit-seeking scammer during the rise of commercial radio? Follow the life experiences of David Quinn as he ...

Title TBA

Feb 22-Mar 3, 2019

Title TBA

Title announcement Jan. 1, 2019
Starting at $24

In this Tony Award-winning work from Music Theatre International, the most memorable, iconic characters of children’s literature playfully come ...


Mar 7-10, 2019


A new play by Alika Magas
Free reserved tickets

In the 2017-2018 New Play Festival Winner "Poltergeist," playwright Alika Magas explores love, grief and what it's like to date the dead. Meet Henry. ...

Falstaff in Love

Mar 14-17, 2019

Falstaff in Love

A new play by Scott Kaiser
Starting at $16

Follow the hilarious origin story of Jack Falstaff—described by Orson Welles as “Shakespeare’s greatest creation”—and di...