The Columbus School for Girls Upper School Theater Department and Actors' Theater of Columbus are collaborating to present "The Trojan Women," by Euripides.

The Columbus School for Girls Upper School Theater Department and Actors' Theater of Columbus are collaborating to present "The Trojan Women," by Euripides.

The play, translated by Nicholas Rudall, tells the story of the wives and mothers of slain Trojans who are lamenting their own fate as their civilization burns away in the flames of hostility, according to a news release issued by the school.

"It is quite timely," said Janetta Davis, CSG's theater program coordinator. "The theme is about what happens to the innocent victims in the aftermath of war women in particular. Since we are a girls' school we are focused on women's issues."

The play portrays the suffering of the female victims of war and degradation of the victors, Davis said. The school's Latin, history and English classes study ancient civilizations, the Trojan War and the mythology surrounding it, she added.

"Our theater classes study Greek theater as it is the origin of the art form (theater)," Davis said. "Doing 'Trojan Women,' allows us to support the school's curriculum across disciplines."

In addition to learning about ancient cultures students are learning to speak some Greek, work in masks, try a new acting style and work with adults, she said.

Students and the Actors' Theater are sharing on-stage and backstage responsibilities. The production is co-directed by Davis and John S. Kuhn, Actors Theater of Columbus artistic director.

"The students get to watch how the adults work and there is no better way to learn the art of theater," Davis said.

The most challenging part of putting the play together was meshing the students' school schedules with the adults work schedules, Davis said.

"Also it is a very difficult play to perform (emotionally and stylistically)," she said.

The play will be presented March 3 at 7 p.m., March 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and March 6 at 4 p.m., Columbus School for Girls, Agnes Shedd Theater, 56 S. Columbia Ave. For tickets: log on to www.columbusschoolforgirls.org.