Racially Diverse Casting Featured in World Premiere by Ann Tracy

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Not only will Sacramento get a world premiere, audiences will also see their racially diverse neighborhoods better reflected on stage when Beyond the Proscenium Productions (BPP) presents Hecuba & Dido: Love Gone Wrong by Ann Tracy, a mash-up of both modern and ancient history and popular culture exploring the devastation of war, sex, class and gender.

This adaptation of Charles Mee's Trojan Women 2.0 plays Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. to November 24, at the Space, 2509 R St, Sacramento. There will be one Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on November 25. There will not be a show on November 3 (BPP Fundraising Gala) or November 22 (Thanksgiving). Tickets are $15 general and $12 for seniors, students and SARTA members. To reserve tickets please call 916-456-1600 or e-mail beyondpro@sbcglobal.net. More information can be found at the BPP web site: Beyond-Pro.org.

"I've always been a proponent of non-traditional casting," said Hecuba & Dido director Ann Tracy. "In one of my first productions in Sacramento back in the early 90s, The Atelier by Kate Maney, I cast an African-American woman as the Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi and have continued the practice in just about all the BPP shows I directed from 1994 to the present day. In this production we have actors of color in five parts that could have gone to white actors, but these actors were the best for the parts!"

The storyline of Hecuba & Dido focuses first on Hecuba, the Queen of Troy until the Greeks destroyed the city. She councils against revenge until the Greeks demand too much and she sends her son Aeneas off to do her bidding. When Aeneas reaches Carthage, he falls in love with Queen Dido, who has created what some may say is a feminist utopia. Will love keep them together or will Aeneas leave? Hecuba & Dido: Love Gone Wrong is a very modern mash-up of classical and modern source texts exploring the aftermath of war and the relationships between men and women, based on Charles Mee's Trojan Women 2.0.

Beyond the Proscenium Productions (BPP) is a nonprofit theatre company that has consistently brought a maverick approach to making theatre in Sacramento producing over 30 regional premieres and over 17 new works of theatre since 1994.

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