Epopeya | Aguijón Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 28 2016

The first production of Aguijón Theater’s 26th season “begins where the battle ends.” So sayeth the program notes for Epopeya ("Epic Poem"), a contemporary retelling of Euripides's Hecuba, whose characters are as desperate for harmony as they are thirsty for revenge. The main players in writer Abel González Melo’s tragedy are no different. The fall of Troy brings unrest to an island of inhabitants who have suffered brutality at the hands of warring elites. At the center of the drama is the former queen Hécuba, a woman accustomed to the finer things in life. Confined to an otherwise deserted island and destitute in the aftermath of the battle, Hécuba is forced to reconcile a once-fruitful future with the little she has left. Contemporary references often fall flat, but a stellar cast compensates with enough gusto to make the show worthwhile. Be prepared to shift your gaze early and often, as the play is performed in Spanish with English supertitles. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $25, $15 students and seniors

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