What is your name?
What character do you play in The Trojan Women?
I portray a member of the Chorus of Women.
Reminisce about a time you were homesick or forced from your home.
Being homesick was a feeling I experienced a lot growing up. As an anxious kid I couldn't do sleepovers without calling for my parents to come pick me up. I would even get so upset that I'd physically become ill and the only thing that could console me would be to go home. I've (thankfully) grown out of this, but I still have trouble staying away from home for too long. I now have a greater appreciation for being home than I ever did, and anytime spent home and with my family is cherished more than anything.
What is the purpose of community and how does war disrupt this?
🎶 WAR. What is it good for? Absolutely. Nothin. 🎶
Community is a sense of comfort and familiarity. It brings people together who share like interests, beliefs or values. When war and tension begin, it divides that community. It separates people, not only in the physical sense but emotionally as well. People forget their values and beliefs that once brought them together and they use them as weapons to fight one another.
What is something about the show and your experience with the material that has surprised you?
This show is not for the faint of heart. It touches subjects so real to today's world. For an hour you are living in a different time and confronting things you never would in your everyday life. And yet, you aren't in ancient Troy, because that world is so similar to today's society. It's amazing how relevant ancient texts are today.
Be sure to see Alyssa in THE TROJAN WOMEN at The Luna Theater on August 17-19