BMG Music Group /The Hoya Sarah Krokey (Col ’06)

Krokey recently played the role of the Trojan queen Hecuba in Nomadic Theatre’s rendition of Euripides’ “The Trojan Women,” about the fate of several women in ancient Troy after the city’s defeat by the Greeks. The show ended Nov. 8 after six performances.

What was the first play you ever acted in?

The first play I ever acted in was an original play based on the story of “Stone Soup” in kindergarten. It was a performance the entire class prepared and I played one of the townspeople. Whenever an opportunity arose to act after that, I grabbed at the chance. My first show at Georgetown was “The Laramie Project” – an incredible experience to work on a play so relevant to today’s society.

What challenges did Nomadic Theatre face in putting on “The Trojan Women?”

Since I was involved with the acting side of the production, I can say that one of the challenges putting on “Trojan Women” was the responsibility of playing legendary Greek characters and making the script accessible to the audience. I think that can extend to the other aspects of the production as well: recreating an incredible piece of history that people still relate to after thousands of years.

What is your favorite aspect of your character, Hecuba?

My favorite thing about Hecuba was her intensity and endurance in the midst of immense trauma. Hecuba’s stamina sustained her through the most devastating events that could happen to a human being and yet she was able to persevere and have compassion for others. There are various myths describing Hecuba’s future, but one in particular captures her power: sailing aboard Odysseus’ vessel on her way to slavery, Hecuba defiantly escaped by climbing the main mast and transforming into a constellation in the night sky.

Do you have a pre-performance ritual?

Before performing, the cast of “Trojan Women” developed a warm-up for each night. We prepared physically, vocally, and mentally through different games or exercises. It helps every night to go through the back-story, or the past and present circumstances of the character. This was especially pertinent for “Trojan Women” because everything the women must deal with is a consequence of the war.

How did acting in the play influence your own emotional state?

Once I’ve rehearsed a show enough, it always manages to seep through into my daily life. Besides random lines floating through my head, the emotional weight of the show impacted my daily life in subtle ways. It’s a challenge to balance theatre with other responsibilities at Georgetown, and I found I needed extra time to relax and separate daily life from the rehearsal process. This show caused me to have times of personal sadness as I became more entrenched in the lives of the Trojan women.

How do you think the play relates to current events or modern issues?

“The Trojan Women,” remains a comment not only on the consequences of war in Euripides’ time, but even today, with war and violence devastating the lives of countless people whose stories are hidden behind statistics. So many times media dwells on the aspects of war without acknowledging the day-to-day impact of those that remain once the war is over. Women, and all victims of war, must continue to live their lives in tragedy. I believe it’s an inevitable consequence that should be considered.

If you could act alongside any famous actor/actress, who would it be?

If I had the opportunity to act alongside whomever I wished no matter how crazy it sounds, I would chose Kevin Spacey. His technique and ability to transform into characters amazes me. I love working with people I can learn from, and he’s an actor who I see and say, “He’s got it.”

The movie “Troy,” based on the Iliad, will come out in May 2004. How do you think you will feel if you go see it? Has the play given you a different set of perspectives on the conflict?

I’m excited to watch the upcoming movie “Troy” now that I’ve worked on “The Trojan Women.” I’m interested to see how they slant the story to influence the audience’s perception of the war and if the makers even touch upon the aftermath and destruction on which “Trojan Women” concentrated. Having experienced the pain and tragedy within the play, I know the film will be that much more personal for me.

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