Program Information for New Works Festival — Vestalia: Scenes from 216 BCE

February 26 + 27, 2022, in Wallace Theater

Presented by the Program in Theater as part of the New Works Festival I.

Vestalia: Scenes from 216 BCE by Lydia Gompper

Run Time

Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

Content Warnings

Discussions of sexual assault, violence against women, pregnancy/abortion, suicide, death, and war.

Special Notes

Please silence all electronic devices including cellular phones and watches, and refrain from text messaging for the duration of the performance. No flash photography permitted.


Opimia: Kate Short ’23*
Floronia: Katie Hameetman ’23*
Palladium: Ally Wonski ’22*
Lucius: Vincent Gerardi: ’25*
Lentulus: Jessica Lopez ’24

Production Team

Director: Eliyana Abraham ’23*
Costume Designer: Lydia Gompper ’22*
Lighting Designer: Kit H. Bernard Foster ’24
Sound Designer: Eliyana Abraham ’23*
Stage Manager: Sydney Hwang ’24*

*denotes a certificate student in the Program in Theater

Faculty Advisors

Nathan Davis, Playwriting Advisor


Special Thanks

Special thanks to the real Opimia and Floronia (and to Livy, who told me their names).
— Lydia Gompper


Land Acknowledgement

An estimated 10 million Native Americans lived in North America before the arrival of European colonizers. Many thousands lived in Lenapehoking, the vast homeland of the Lenni-Lenape, who were the first inhabitants of what is now called eastern Pennsylvania and parts of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.

Princeton stands on part of the ancient homeland and traditional territory of the Lenape people. In 1756, the College of New Jersey erected Nassau Hall with no recorded consultation with the Lenni-Lenape peoples.

Treaties and forced relocation dispersed Lenape-Delaware to Ohio, Kansas, and Oklahoma. We acknowledge the violence of settler colonialism and pay respect to Lenape peoples past, present, and future and their continuing presence in the homeland and throughout the Lenape diaspora.

Current Princeton student activists and alumni are advocating for Indigenous students and studies at the University. For more information, see the websites of Natives at Princeton and Princeton Indigenous Advocacy Coalition.


Lewis Center for the Arts

Interim Chair: Michael Cadden
Executive Director: Marion Friedman Young

Director of Program in Theater: Jane Cox
Producing Artistic Director, Theater And Music Theater Season: Elena Araoz

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