Southern Oregon University's Department of Theatre Arts will open this year's season of plays with "Women of War," an adaptation by Hilary Tate, formerly of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), and James Edmondson of OSF of "Iphigenia at Aulis" and "The Trojan Women" by Euripides.




The production will run at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 1-10; and 2 p.m. Sunday Nov. 11, at the university's Center Square Theatre, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.




This fusion of Euripides' works examines the impact of war from a woman's perspective. Women who are confined in an environment of war in the 21st century evoke the 2,400-year-old sentiments expressed by Euripides in a performance that bonds them in time.




Guest director James Edmondson has colleagues who have witnessed South American gatherings on behalf of the "disappeared" and that influenced his decision to set the play in Central America. Although clearly an anti-war play, "Women of War" asks the big questions about why wars start and whether there are any victors when they have ended.




"The sacrifices made by families as well as the soldiers are apparent in this play," said Edmondson in a press release. "Neither the Greeks nor the Trojans are left whole." All roles will be played by women and "the male roles played by women will bring out the variety of egos involved in the conflict," said Edmondson.




Edmondson has directed at OSF and in regional theatre since 1970. His 13th directing project was OSF's "Rabbit Hole" this spring. He is also an actor at OSF.




Tickets are $17 regular admission, $14 for seniors, and $5 for students.




Tickets are available at the door or by calling the SOU Theatre Arts box office at 552-6348.