"This is no industry showcase unless, of course, these people are completely out of their minds."
Steven Leigh Morris on Brad Mays' acclaimed and controversial 1997 production of Euripides' The Bacchae which was nominated for three LA Weekly Theatre Awards including Best Director.
One night in late March 2002, ARK THEATRE COMPANY artistic director Paul Wagar telephoned Brad Mays with a problem: one of the company's directors had just quit the scheduled April production of 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE. Since the Whitefire Theatre had already been booked and paid for, ARK couldn't afford a cancellation; nor could they afford to pay royalties on a replacement show. Even though he was scheduled to go into rehearsal for his forthcoming September production of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE in late June, Brad suggested that he himself put together an eleventh-hour production of Euripides' THE TROJAN WOMEN. With just over four weeks to cast, conceptualize and rehearse the extremely demanding ancient Greek drama, Brad shouldered the entire responsibility for filling that season's schedule gap. After reconfiguring the opening dialectical prologue with Athena and Poseiden into a televised CNN report on the "War In Troy" to be shown on the theatre's dual video monitors, the director worked with a brave and resourceful cast to create a modern TROJAN WOMEN reset in contemporary Iraq. Willow Hale was tremendously inventive as Hecuba, turning in a precise, stylized performance that required several viewings to completely appreciate. Karen Tiegren's explosove Cassandra was both poignant and complex in her spiritual-driven rage. Aomawa Baker was, quite simply, stunning as the grief-stricken Andromache, while Pab Schwendiman's Menaleus was, at once, commanding and ironic.FAUX CNN PROLOGUE