The actors will perform scenes from Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes, directed and translated by Bryan Doerries for a mixed audience of combat veterans and civilians with the objective being to de-stigmatize psychological injury and open a space for dialogue about the challenges faced by veterans today. The performance, which is open to the public, will be followed by a roundtable discussion by Bryan Doerries, Edna Wells Handy, Peter Meineck, and Brigadier General Loree Sutton.
The event is presented in conjunction with Aquila's production of Iliad: Book One, currently in previews at the Lortel with an opening set for April 16. The company will also present a conversation with journalist and author Christopher Hedges, whose book War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning tells the story of being captured by the Iraqi Republican Guard during a Shiite uprising in Basra. Hedges will join director Peter Meineck for a post-show discussion following the April 10 performance of The Iliad.For more information, visit aquilatheatre.com.