Reading Series - Women & Patriarchy


Women & Patriarchy Reading Series

An exploration of our season theme through a historical theatre lens.


The Trojan Women by Euripides

Women & Patriarchy Readings

Directed by Karen Case Cook

The Trojan Women by Euripides in a new version by poet Gwendolyn MacEwen about which Margaret Atwood has written " It's significant that MacEwen would choose to translate The Trojan Women and Helen texts, for after all, they are filled with the plaint of women. The vocabulary of these translations is so much MacEwen's own that they seem almost to have been written by her. These translations are deeply felt."


The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Women & Patriarchy Readings

Directed by Diana Green

The widowed Duchess of Malfi defies her two powerful brothers who do not want her to remarry by secretly marrying a man of her choosing, a man below her station, her steward Antonio. When they uncover her deception, the brothers plot a series of events that leads them all to destruction in this dark tapestry of sibling rivalry, forbidden love, unquenchable ambition.


Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Women & Patriarchy Readings

Directed by Leo Lion

One of literature’s most complex and compelling anti-heroines, the beautiful and intelligent Hedda yearns to escape her marriage to a man she finds numbingly dull. Suffocated by the expectations and limitations of society, she is driven by a desire to have control. First produced in 1891, Ibsen’s masterpiece shocked European society; now, 125 years later, it continues to challenge audiences.


Dusa, Fish, Stas & Vi by Pam Gems

Women & Patriarchy Readings


“Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi may be almost 40 years old, but the struggle it depicts continues: women who are exploring sisterhood, transforming their sexual relationships with men, wrestling with what it means to be a mother, and confronting the possibility that a price might be exacted for their independence. If that sounds dry, it's not. There are moments of delirious joy and laughter.” - The Guardian