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  Ajax In Iraq,  Flux Theater, CSV Cultural Center NY, 2011, photographer: Isaiah Tanenbaum

Ajax In Iraq, Flux Theater, CSV Cultural Center NY, 2011, photographer: Isaiah Tanenbaum

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.

NOVEMBER 1-6, 2016