Ajax in Iraq OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    June 3, 2011
    Closing:
    June 25, 2011

    Theater: Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center / 107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY, 10002

    Synopsis: 

    Past and present collide in Ellen McLaughlin's mash-up of Sophocles' classic play Ajax and today's war in Iraq. The play follows the parallel narratives of the ancient Greek military hero Ajax and a female American soldier, both undone by the betrayal of a commanding officer. Originally developed over sixteen months in 2009 with the graduate acting students at A.R.T. and inspired by material collected from interviews with Iraq war veterans, Ajax in Iraq explores the timeless ways soldiers struggle to make sense of war.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Ajax in Iraq

    The Insanity of War Is Not Ancient Myth

    Anita Gates

    June 17, 2011: Ellen McLaughlin wants you to know that while you are reading your paper or computer screen, American soldiers in Iraq are on duty, very busy being soldiers. When you have dinner, they will still be there. And when you go back to work after the weekend. And she wants you to know that they have good reasons to exhibit some form of insanity.

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