A princess, a priestess, and a prophetess walk into a bar …
It’s open mic comedy night in Hades. Cassandra—daughter of the defeated Trojan King Priam, prisoner of the Greek general Agamemnon, incoherent foreteller of doom, staple of classical mythology for 30+ centuries—has signed up for a slot at the advice of her therapist. Ancient tragedy and modern comedy are forced to make space for each other on stage as Cassandra seeks catharsis by correcting the standard version of her story with a little help from her dead friends: Agamemnon’s wife Clytemnestra, and Gary, who used to sell boat insurance.
Playwright: Meaghan Rondeau
Meaghan Rondeau was born in 1980 and has been alive ever since. After sacrificing the choicest portion of her youth to the grim and implacable goddess Academia, she made a dramatic escape from grad school in 2007 and set out to earn immortal glory and fabulous wealth as a writer. Her quest has so far turned out to be an extremely scenic path back to grad school, and you can probably guess how the money thing is going. Meaghan is a first-year MFA student who writes poems, nonfiction, blog posts, satirical fiction, deadly serious rap lyrics, and translations of Greek and Latin literature. Cassandra in the House is her first play, and she is equal parts stoked and terrified to see it performed. She gives props to all involved in the project of giving Cassandra her fifteen minutes.
Director: Caroline Sniatynski
Caroline Sniatynski is getting reacquainted with the Vancouver theatre community after recently returning from a three-year stint living in France. A freelance writer, performer, and director, Caroline has made original theatre works in backyards and on rooftops; with cookies, iPods, and paper boats; and with formal place settings at a dinner table for eight. Recent highlights include performing her solo show I Want to Tell You Something in the back room of a bar in Prague and in a converted hotel conference room in Edinburgh, and spending a term as a theatre sessional instructor at UBC Okanagan. Caroline is a graduate of the theatre performance program at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.
Actors: Christine Bissonnette, Jeff Hoffman, and Tricia Trinh.