Ajax in Iraq

  • genre Drama
  • time 70 - 90 minutes
  • either
  • 7 f, 5 m (11-30 actors possible: 6-17 f, 5-19 m)

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 int...

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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.

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.

NOTES: Adult language and content.

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