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By Jean Giraudoux


Jean Giraudoux could feel World War II pushing in the gates when he wrote There Will Be No Trojan War in 1935. As a student and veteran of war, and later as a diplomat, he had an all too clear understanding of the direction in which his country and the world were heading. Negotiations were failing, egos were flaring and Germany, humiliated and desperate from its defeat in WWI and the Allies‚ demanded reparations, was advancing. By indicting the uselessness of history's first recorded war, Giraudoux condemned the War that he was facing. Rather than sit idly by and watch the inevitable unfold, he chose to write a play that screamed out a revolutionary plea for peace.

Giraudoux, like many before him and many to follow, used the legends of Greek and Trojan epics as inspiration for plays of contemporary relevance. The story of There Will Be No Trojan War begins with the victorious return of Hector, the leading Trojan General and oldest son of Troy's King Priam. While driving his sword into the chest of an enemy, Hector has a vision that makes him realize that waging war is a disguised form of suicide that will eventually destroy him. Fresh with this epiphany, he declares that he will close the Gates of War and never open them again. Sure that the city of Troy, at its height of economic, scientific and cultural glory, will welcome this news, he is shocked when he finds that the real enemy to peace lurks within his own home. This play, disturbingly relevant to our own country's present crisis, reveals that we most truly display our courage when we find a way not to fight. Giraudoux called his play a farce, because of the pathetic and darkly hysterical way that his characters stumble drunkenly into their own destruction. This play is most of all a tragedy of the nonsense inherent in humanity's deadliest and most natural instinct – War.

Like a few other Americans, we believe that our nation has embarked on a path that we all know will only lead to more destruction if we follow it. We believe that Giraudoux wrote this play when he did for the same reasons that we have chosen to adjust our Season and present it now. For Giraudoux, failure was not defined by losing to your opponent, but by giving up on yourself. There Will Be No Trojan War is a challenge a dare for all of us, toplay chicken with Destiny and find another way to resolve the crisis that grips us now.



Directed by Patrick Dooley
Dramaturgy by Barry Horwitz & Joan McBrien
Costume Design by Valera Coble
Scenic Design by Sylvia Dawkins & Michael Frassinelli
Lighting Design by Alex Lopez

Thursday, December 6 & Friday, December 7 at 8 pm at Eighth Street Studio Theatre

Saturday, December 8 at 8 pm at Eighth Street Studio Theatre

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm at Eighth Street Studio Theatre

Saturday, January 12 at 8 pm at Eighth Street Studio Theatre

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Between Dwight & Parker in West Berkeley.
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Preview $10
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Review by Chad Jones for The Oakland Tribune
Review by Anna Mantzaris for SF Gate
Review by Brad Rosenstein for San Francisco Bay Guardian
Review by Michael Scott Moore for SF Weekly
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