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Hedda Gabler & Sirens: Elektra in Bosnia

Hedda Gabler & Sirens: Elektra in Bosnia

By Judith Thompson
Foreword by Cynthia Ashperger
Subjects: Anthologies, Ontario Playwrights, Theatre of War, Family Life, Adaptations, Women Writers
Casting: 4 f, 3 m | 4 f, 6 m + chorus
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770917545, 192 pages, September 2017
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770917569, 192 pages, September 2017
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770917552, 192 pages, September 2017


In Hedda Gabler, a moving exploration of female oppression, a recently married Hedda navigates her new identity as a wife and the intense constraints put on her by society. She prefers pistols to cooking and does not care for raising a family. As Hedda fights against the pressures of her new life and her own neuroses, she comes to terms with an untimely choice. Sirens: Elektra in Bosnia is a gripping story about the horrors of collective and personal wars as a family torn apart by death and destruction becomes their own worst enemy. When a deal between Agamemnon and his brother Menelaus goes awry, Iphigenia becomes the blood sacrifice leading to truths her sister Elektra can no longer hide from. Against the backdrop of a family drama, Judith Thompson gives voice to the women who were silenced during the Bosnian War, examining a cultural trauma and its place in our collective history.