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Hecuba by Marina Carr
Directed by Dipankar Mukherjee

April 5-21, 2024

The Southern Theater

Photos by Bruce Silcox

Hecuba “teases out the barbaric aftermath of the fall of Troy, while also presenting it as a metaphor for the modern day plight of those dispossessed by warfare – especially women and children.” — The Stage

In the aftermath of the fall of Troy, Agamemnon, the victor, locks horns with Hecuba, the vanquished queen. Both have suffered intimate loss — the sacrifice of a daughter, the murder of a son. In Marina Carr’s bold engagement with Euripides, there’s a demand for further bloodshed. The drama weaves threads of inconsolable rage and grief with fate, revenge and inevitable carnage. It explores the shreds of duty and honour as well as the terrible deeds hatred breeds as it touches bravely on Hecuba’s heroic nature and ‘the endless tears of women’.


Hecuba Queen of Troy, Wife of Priam — Suzanne Victoria Cross

Agamemnon King of Achaeans — Matthew Saxe

Cassandra Daughter of Hecuba — Ankita Ashrit

Polyxena Daughter of Hecuba — Anne Guadagnino

Polymestor King of Thrace — Ernest Briggs*

Odysseus King of Ithaca — Tyler Stamm

Polydorus Youngest Son of Hecuba — Nathan Berglund

Nepotolemus Son of Achilles — J. Antonio Teodoro

Boy 1 Son of Polymestor — Neel Shah

Boy 2 Son of Polymestor & Servant — Sudarsna Mukund

* Indicates Equity actor

Artistic Personnel

Dipankar Mukherjee — Director

Sir Curtis Kirby III — Assistant Director

Mike Grogan — Lighting Designer

Orin Herfindal — Set Builder & Lead Carpenter

Mary Ann Kelling — Costume Designer

Laura Jones — Assistant Costume Designer

Bethany Lacktorin — Composer, Live Musician & Sound Designer

Sandra Agustin — Choreographer

Amy Muse — Dramaturg

Production Staff

Cassi Henning — Stage Manager

Winona Honey — Assistant Stage Manager

Zachary Kulzer — Production Assistant

Nathan Berglund — Production Assistant



Performance Guide

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WCCO Mid-morning

April 3, 2024
Mid-morning host Shayla Reaves and Heather Brown interview Suzanne Victoria Cross (Hecuba and Pangea World Theater Production Manager) and Dipankar Mukherjee (Director and Pangea World Theater Co-Artistic Director).

Minnesota Theater Chat Podcast

March 24, 2024
Julie Jackson of Minnesota Theater Love and Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon dig into the work of Pangea World Theater with Adlyn Carreras (General Manager) and Suzanne Victoria Cross (Hecuba and Production Manager).

Sahan Journal

April 5, 2024
Myah Goff interviewed director and co-artistic director, Dipankar Mukherjee. “Our job is to bring people together, to engage in a discussion so that hopefully, every day we’re asking questions. Along with the audience, we’re searching for answers out of this violence, you know? What do we need to do so we don’t leave the next generation behind, where everything is set up for them to be depressed and jaded?”

Cherry and Spoon

April 6, 2024
“A beautifully written play…gorgeous and tragic”

Minnesota Theater Love

April 7, 2024
"Carr's play brings the horrors of war from the ancient world into our own and is sadly relevant to our own time.”

American Kahani

April 9, 2024
"Experiencing Hecuba was cathartic."

Call & Response

April 12, 2024
"Scratch the surface and underneath is all this savagery."

Directing fellow, Ismail Khalidi, in discussion with playwright Marina Carr on Hecuba.

Returning to Haifa
Written by Ghassan Kanafani
Adapted by Naoimi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi
Directed by Dipankar Mukherjee

April 21-23 & May 3-6, 2023

Mixed Blood Theatre

Photos by Bruce Silcox

"Kanafani’s parable is even-handed enough to explore the agony of both the exiled Palestinian couple and the Jewish widow...and to empathize with all of them." — Jewish Renaissance 

The touching story centers on Palestinian couple Said and Safiyya who were forced to flee their home in 1948. Now, in the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War, the borders are open for the first time in 20 years and the couple dare to return to their house in Haifa. They are prepared to find someone else living where they once did. Yet nothing can prepare Said and Safiyya for the encounter they both desire and dread.


Said — Ernest Briggs*

Young Said/Dov — Mohamed Haji

Safiyya — Rasha Ahmad Sharif  

Young Safiyya — Sayli Khadilkar

Miriam — Esther Ouray

* Indicates Equity actor

Artistic Personnel

Dipankar Mukherjee — Director

Sir Curtis Kirby III — Assistant Director

Mike Grogan — Lighting Design

Orin Herfindal — Set Design

Mary Ann Kelling — Costume Design

Eric M. C. Gonzales — Sound Design

Leila Awadallah — Movement Coach

Production Staff

Suzanne Victoria Cross — Stage Manager

Winona Honey — Assistant Stage Manager

Zachary Kulzer — Directing Apprentice/Production Assistant




American Kanafani

April 25, 2023
“The story was powerful when it first came out and remains so now as the Israel-Palestine conflict rages on."

MPR — Art Hound, William Nour

April 27, 2023
“It's my reality. I came here when I was 16. Basically, because there were no opportunities for Arabs in Israel, like as second-class citizens. So it's very poignant for me and it's just — I cried when I saw it for the first time.”

Talkin' Broadway

"Though set in 1947, 1948 and 1967, it is as timely as a BBC breaking news report."
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