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Thu, June 28, 2018

21:00 – 23:00

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italia

What happens to a girl defiled?

Does she close up
like an iris in the sun?
Or rage like a war-
Until won?

Does she fear everyone she meets?
Or live and start over-
Like a cat in the streets?

Maybe she just croaks
like a hungry toad.

Or does no one know?


Naomi Lorrain, the same playwright who brought you The Odyssey: Everyone’s Seeking Something in last year’s The Season 2017, is back with a new take on Euripides’ Greek tragedy The Trojan Women. Follow the curious narrators, Anon and Nona, once again as they explore power, gender and politics in a staged reading of her latest work, A Trojan Woman’s Tale.

*Poem written by Naomi Lorrain based on “Harlem (A Dream Deferred)” by Langston Hughes.

Performance in the Continuum Theater

Featured Biographies

Naomi Lorrain


Naomi Lorrain is a NYC based playwright and actor. She received her B.A. in the History of Science, History of Medicine and African American Studies from Yale University and her M.F.A. in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Plays: Rigor Mortis (NYU Freeplay Festival), The Big O aka an adaptation of The Odyssey (Villa La Pietra), #shelfies (52nd Street Project), Uncondish, The Queen of Macon County (HomeBase Theatre Collective Play Festival). Theater: Uncle Vanya, All’s Well That Ends Well, Pygmalion, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Bright Room Called Day (NYU Tisch), Restoration Comedy (The Flea), Song for a Future Generation, Big Bend in the Red Dirt Desert (WTF), Daughter of Lot (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). TV: “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix), “Elementary” (CBS),  “The Good Fight” (CBS), “Madam Secretary” (CBS). She is also the recipient of both the Williams Pickens and Lily Rosen Prizes from Yale University.

Rosa Gilmore


Theater Credits: Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (The Public, Dir. Phyllida Lloyd), Gwendolen in Importance of Being Earnest (Two River Theater), This is how it Ends (59E59), Robin HoodThree SistersThe Coming World (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Sehnsucht (Jack Theater). Rosa has an MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program. Some NYU Credits: Uncle VanyaThe Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Sarah Ruhl’s world premiere of Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince, among othersTV/Film: “Handmaids Tale,” “Elementary,” “Younger,” Going Places, Modern Love.

Keren Lugo


New York Theater credits: Privacy (The Public Theater), Two Mile Hollow (Women’s Project). Regional: Water by The Spoonful (Mark Taper Forum), Scenes From Court Life (Yale Repertory Theater), Women of Padilla (Two River Theater), Henry V, Our Town (Chautauqua Theater Festival). Keren has an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. Some NYU credits: Caucasian Chalk Circle, Vanya Sonya Masha and Spike, The Playboy of The West Indies and Arthur Miller’s After The Fall. TV: The Americans (Recurring). Keren is beyond proud to have been born and raised in Puerto Rico.

Carra Patterson


Carra Patterson is an Atlanta native based in Harlem, New York. She originated the role of ‘Rena’ in the Tony Award winning Broadway premiere of August Wilson’s Jitney at Manhattan Theatre Club, where she also made her Broadway debut in the 2012 production of Wit alongside Cynthia Nixon. Her other theater credits include: Roundabout Theater- Significant Other, Little Children Dream of God; Public Theater: Teenage DickMeasure for Measure; Lincoln Center3: Luck of the Irish; Epic Theater: Richard III. Regional credits: In the Red & Brown Water (Alliance Theater), Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (dir. Kenny Leon, True Colors Theater), The Wiz (True Colors). Film: Tomica Woods in Straight Outta Compton. TV: “The Arrangement,” “Bloodline,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife.” MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.

Ruffin Prentiss III


Ruffin Prentiss III is a New York based actor originally from Richmond, Va.  He is very excited to be a part of this reading of A Trojan Woman’s Tale.  He has worked in New York and regional theaters across the US, appeared in recurring roles on television, recorded audiobooks, voiceovers, radio and television commercials, and voiced the lead character in the video game Watch Dogs 2. His television credits include: The Arrangement, The Good Fight, ElementaryPowerMadam Secretary, and The Mysteries of Laura. New York Theater Credits include: Autumn’s Harvest (Lincoln Center Education), Hop Da A (Drama League Directorfest) Measure for Measure (Epic Theatre Ensemble), Gordy Crashes (Ricochet Collective), and Fati’s Last Dance (Billie Holliday Theatre).  Regional Credits: Time Sensitive (Guthrie Theatre),  All My Sons & Fences (People’s Light and Theatre), White Lillies (Crossroads Theatre), and Twelfth Night (Allentown Shakes).  MFA Rutgers University and BA University of Pittsburgh.

Maggie Siff


Maggie Siff is currently starring in Showtime’s Billions, opposite Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti.  Other TV and Film credits include Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men, Nip/Tuck, Life On Mars, Grey’s Anatomy and Law & Order,  A Woman, A Part (2017 Rotterdam Film Fest.), The Short History of the Long Road, The Sweet Life, The Fifth Wave, Concussion (Teddy Award Jury Prize, Berlin Film Fest.), Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass, Paul McGuigan’s Push, Judd Apatow’s Funny People.

Siff is an established theater actress and she mostly recently played Kate in Theater for a New Audience’s production of The Taming Of The Shrew.  Her other credits include The Escort (Geffen Playhouse), OR (Women’s Project), Ethan Hawke’s Lie Of The Mind (New Group), Richard Nelson’s Frank’s Home (Playwrights Horizons), Ruby Sunrise (Public Theater), Dollhouse (Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Jefferson Award nom.), Ghosts (Lantern Theater Company, Barrymore Award). Originally from New York City, Siff graduated with an M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College