Ajax in Iraq

Ajax in Iraq
by Ellen McLaughlin

Productions (28)
  • Drama
  • 70 - 90 minutes
  • 7 f, 5 m (11-30 actors possible: 6-17 f, 5-19 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content.
  • Set: A bare stage floor painted with the map of the Middle East circa 1890. Aside from some sandbags and pieces of chain-link fence, the only standing structure on the stage is a small canvas tent.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-134-8

Ajax in Iraq
by Ellen McLaughlin

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Productions (28)
  • Drama
  • 70 - 90 minutes
  • 7 f, 5 m (11-30 actors possible: 6-17 f, 5-19 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content.
  • Set: A bare stage floor painted with the map of the Middle East circa 1890. Aside from some sandbags and pieces of chain-link fence, the only standing structure on the stage is a small canvas tent.

Past and present collide in Ellen McLaughlin's mash-up of Sophocles' classic tragedy Ajax with the modern-day war in Iraq. The play follows the parallel narratives of Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a modern female American soldier, both undone by the betrayal of a commanding officer. Athena, goddess of war, coolly presides over the whole. Inspired by material collected from interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families, Ajax in Iraq explores the timeless struggle soldiers face in trying to make sense of war.

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Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

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Play Details

Past and present collide in Ellen McLaughlin's mash-up of Sophocles' classic tragedy Ajax with the modern-day war in Iraq. The play follows the parallel narratives of Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a modern female American soldier, both undone by the betrayal of a commanding officer. Athena, goddess of war, coolly presides over the whole. Inspired by material collected from interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families, Ajax in Iraq explores the timeless struggle soldiers face in trying to make sense of war.

An updated version of this play is available; contact Playscripts for details.

  • Drama
  • 70 - 90 minutes
  • 7 f, 5 m (11-30 actors possible: 6-17 f, 5-19 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content.
  • Set: A bare stage floor painted with the map of the Middle East circa 1890. Aside from some sandbags and pieces of chain-link fence, the only standing structure on the stage is a small canvas tent.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-134-8

Published Reviews

"Ms. McLaughlin has carved out a career as a playwright of fierce moral conviction."

Anita Gates, The New York Times

"Ellen's tough-minded, lyrically charged dramas have tackled subjects of great relevance with astonishing invention."

Randy Gener, American Theater Magazine, TCG, Senior Editor

Production History

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NOV 09, 2017 - NOV 11, 2017
The Lee Strasberg Theatre And Film Institute
New York, NY United States
The Lee Strasberg Theatre And Film Institute New York, NY United States
OCT 04, 2017 - OCT 09, 2017
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY United States
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY United States
MAR 21, 2017 - APR 21, 2017
Foster High School Theater
Richmond, TX United States
Foster High School Theater Richmond, TX United States
NOV 01, 2016 - NOV 06, 2016
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX United States
Texas State University San Marcos, TX United States
JUL 15, 2016 - AUG 15, 2016
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble
Los Angeles, CA United States
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble Los Angeles, CA United States
NOV 19, 2015 - NOV 23, 2015
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC United States
College of Charleston Charleston, SC United States
NOV 11, 2015 - NOV 11, 2015
University of West Alabama
Livingston, AL United States
University of West Alabama Livingston, AL United States
AUG 27, 2015 - AUG 29, 2015
Black Martini Theatre
Perth, WA Australia
Black Martini Theatre Perth, WA Australia
MAY 08, 2015 - MAY 08, 2015
University College Roosevelt
Middelburg, Netherlands
University College Roosevelt Middelburg, Netherlands
APR 16, 2015 - APR 26, 2015
Elizabethtown College Theatre
Elizabethtown, PA United States
Elizabethtown College Theatre Elizabethtown, PA United States
NOV 20, 2014 - NOV 23, 2014
Queens University Of Charlotte
Charlotte, NC United States
Queens University Of Charlotte Charlotte, NC United States
NOV 20, 2014 - NOV 22, 2014
Wandering Minds
Boston, MA United States
Wandering Minds Boston, MA United States
OCT 03, 2014 - OCT 11, 2014
University of South Carolina - Columbia
Columbia, SC United States
University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC United States
MAY 08, 2014 - JUN 01, 2014
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble
Santa Monica, CA United States
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble Santa Monica, CA United States
APR 03, 2014 - APR 06, 2014
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI United States
Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI United States
DEC 14, 2013 - DEC 14, 2013
Idyllwild Arts Academy
Idyllwild, CA United States
Idyllwild Arts Academy Idyllwild, CA United States
DEC 13, 2013 - DEC 15, 2013
Idyllwild Arts Academy
Idyllwild, CA United States
Idyllwild Arts Academy Idyllwild, CA United States
NOV 07, 2013 - NOV 16, 2013
Linfield College
McMinnville, OR United States
Linfield College McMinnville, OR United States
OCT 17, 2013 - OCT 22, 2013
Cornish College Of The Arts
Seattle, WA United States
Cornish College Of The Arts Seattle, WA United States
FEB 20, 2013 - FEB 23, 2013
PAC At Damonte Ranch
Reno, NV United States
PAC At Damonte Ranch Reno, NV United States
DEC 10, 2012 - DEC 10, 2012
University Of Tennessee/Clarence Brown Theatre
Knoxville, TN United States
University Of Tennessee/Clarence Brown Theatre Knoxville, TN United States
NOV 02, 2012 - NOV 18, 2012
Nadine McGuire Pavilion
Gainesville, FL United States
Nadine McGuire Pavilion Gainesville, FL United States
OCT 05, 2012 - OCT 13, 2012
California State University- Long Beach
Long Beach, CA United States
California State University- Long Beach Long Beach, CA United States
APR 13, 2012 - APR 22, 2012
Skidmore College Dept. Of Theater
Saratoga Springs, NY United States
Skidmore College Dept. Of Theater Saratoga Springs, NY United States
FEB 18, 2012 - FEB 19, 2012
Mask And Rose
Puposky, MN United States
Mask And Rose Puposky, MN United States
NOV 03, 2011 - NOV 27, 2011
Frank Theatre
Minneapolis, MN United States
Frank Theatre Minneapolis, MN United States
JUN 03, 2011 - JUN 25, 2011
Flux Theatre Ensemble
Astoria, NY United States
Flux Theatre Ensemble Astoria, NY United States
OCT 01, 2008 - OCT 31, 2008
A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training
Cambridge, MA United States
A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training Cambridge, MA United States
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JUL 15, 2016 - AUG 15, 2016
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble
Los Angeles, CA United States
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble Los Angeles, CA United States
MAY 08, 2014 - JUN 01, 2014
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble
Santa Monica, CA United States
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble Santa Monica, CA United States
NOV 03, 2011 - NOV 27, 2011
Frank Theatre
Minneapolis, MN United States
Frank Theatre Minneapolis, MN United States
JUN 03, 2011 - JUN 25, 2011
Flux Theatre Ensemble
Astoria, NY United States
Flux Theatre Ensemble Astoria, NY United States