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Oppressed in Heels ​and A​ Letter for You​ presents T​HE TROJAN WOMEN, helmed by Nathaniel P. Claridad, Oct. 23 – Nov. 1


Nathaniel P. Claridad. Photo by Robert Mannis

Nathaniel P. Claridad. Photo by Robert Mannis

Oppressed in Heels ​and A​ Letter for You​ presents T​HE TROJAN WOMEN,​ a new devised work pulled from interviews of women dealing with war in its many ravaging forms, woven into the narrative of Euripides’ classic text. Nathaniel P. Claridad (the original company of Here Lies Love) directs and serves as head writer for the new investigative theatre piece that will play October 23rd through November 1st at the Access Theatre, 380 Broadway in New York. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased here.

The cast features T​ania Chelnov,​ C​herrye Davis, ​B​randon Garegnani​ (The Lennon Report), E​ulone Gooding, ​M​alloree Hill,​ N​ilan Johnson,​ N​icole Kang,​ D​aphne Lopez,​ and L​ynnsey Ooten.​ The production team includes Justin Hart (Design), Amy Eingold (Producer), Rebekah Small (Stage Management), Charles Quittner (Assistant Director).

Using found, classical and devised text, the work aims to show the plight of millions of women lensed by Euripides’ look at women in internment.

“Our goal is to close the gap between antiquity and the present, and to illuminate how much and how little has changed for women of war,”­ said director and writer Nathaniel P. Claridad.

Founded in 2015, Oppressed in Heels is a three part series that uses the theatre of the past to illuminate the present. By creatively adapting traditional narratives exploring the role of a woman’s voice, we aim to foster discussion in the here and now around what these stories can tell us about our world today. By creating a communal experience, and great art, we can empower our audience to question the forces that shape these stories, and examine their role in defining our beliefs.

‘A Letter for You Project’​ collects anonymous handwritten letters of support and encouragement for survivors. These letters are read by survivors to give them something back that has been stolen from them. For more information, click here.

Nathaniel P. Claridad​ (Director/Head Writer): NYC: J​uly House (N​YC Fringe, 2015), M​an. Kind​ (Working Theater), T​he Breasts of Tiresias (​Peculiar Works Project); with Wagon Wheel Arts: T​riassic Parq, ​D​ustin Lance Black’s “8” f​eaturing Jose Llana and Gavin Creel (Co­producer/Assistant Director, PlayMakers Repertory Company/Department of Dramatic Art, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill); the annual event B​roadway Twisted,​ benefitting North Carolina AIDS Action Network and BC/EFA (Co­producer/Director). Regionally: O​ur Town​ (Assistant Director, Two River Theatre), I​t’s A Wonderful Life (​Assistant Director, PlayMakers Repertory Company). For UNC: E​urydice,​T​ender Napalm,​ S​hakespeare’s R & J. He has appeared Off-­Broadway in H​ere Lies Love (​The Public Theater),​The Awesome 80’s Prom,​ T​itus Andronicus (​NY Shakespeare Exchange), as well as NYMF, P.S. 122, and National Asian Artists Project. National Tour: Alice (The Kennedy Center); He has worked regionally at The Kennedy Center, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Folger Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company of DC, Cape Fear Regional, Imagination Stage, Hangar Theatre, and Barrington Stage Company. Other: The Civilians Field and Research Team, 2014 ­ 2015. MFA: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

“I’m waiting for the day when it becomes something positive for someone else and this is hopefully a stepping stone to that…someone will hear something that I say, and I won’t even know, but it will be helpful” Anonymous. To support the project, please visit Oppressed in Heel’s Indigogo page.

The Access Theatre is located at 380 Broadway near the A/C/E, N/R/Q, 6, J/M/Z and 1 subway lines.

Saturday OCTOBER 24 @ 3pm and 8pm
Sunday OCTOBER 25 @ 3pm
Thursday OCTOBER 29 @ 8pm
Friday OCTOBER 30 @ 8pm
Saturday OCTOBER 31 @ 3pm and 8pm
Sunday NOVEMBER 1 @ 3pm

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Blog, Jade Magazine and

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