darienne madlala


“The ships are in the harbor now. An answer’s on it’s way—with shadows black like alley cats, can you stand to hear it named? This was our city before they tore the walls down.”

Waiting outside the gates of the city that has been their home for centuries, four women scavenge for a future in the rubble of their gutted past. Using the threads of stories passed down for generations, they begin to weave themselves a new mythology—one in which chaos gives way to creation, silence is supplanted by strength, and the love of sisters, mothers and daughters unravels into women who survive.

“Twine: After Troy” is a collaboratively developed performance written and directed by Maria Elena Marione ‘16. Performers Alina Burke '17, Darienne Madlala '16, Emily Willick '18 and Mahalia Banton '19 step into and out of the stories of women who, like them, birthed the world from chaos. Scenic design is by Theater and Dance graduate assistant Madison Cortez ’13, costume design by Mercedes MacAlpine '16 and lighting design by Resident Lighting Designer Kathy Couch.

Performed Thursday, Feb. 18 through Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. in Amherst College’s Kirby Theater.