Ajax in Iraq

Ajax in Iraq

The Skidmore College Department of Theater is pleased to announce its Spring 2012 Mainstage production, AJAX IN IRAQ by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by Lary Opitz. Performances are April 13-15 and 19-22, 2012. All shows are in the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater at 8:00pm except Sunday matinees at 2:00pm.

Past and present collide in Ellen McLaughlin’s mash-up of Sophocles’ classic tragedy Ajax with the recently ended war in Iraq.  The play follows the parallel narratives of Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A. J., a modern female, American soldier, and explores the timeless struggle soldiers face in trying to make sense of war.

From Director Lary Opitz: “We’re very excited to be presenting a production that deals so well with the important questions surrounding our soldiers returning from Iraq and currently serving in Afghanistan. This play combines AJAX with the story of a female American soldier stationed in Iraq. The play focuses on the timeless concerns about how we deal with our heroes and how soldiers struggle to make sense out of the wars they have been sent to fight. We believe that this play is certainly timely and we are proud to be able to honor our soldiers and veterans with this work.”

For reservations, call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439 or email boxoffice@skidmore.edu.  Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens.  For group sales, contact Kathy Mendenhall at (518) 580-5431 or kmendenh@skidmore.edu.


About The Skidmore College Department of Theater:

The Skidmore Theater Department is a pre-professional program that offers students the opportunity to pursue the serious study of the theater arts within a liberal arts setting. Courses within the department afford training in the basic demands of the discipline–physical and vocal control, technique in acting and directing, technical and design skills–as well as the opportunity for advanced study, practical production experience, study abroad, and off-campus internships. The college liberal arts requirements help the student to understand the moral, intellectual, and political context in which any artist practices.

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