Past and present collide in Ellen McLaughlin's mash-up of Sophocles' classic tragedy Ajax with the modern-day war in Iraq.
"Ms. McLaughlin has carved out a career as a playwright of fierce and moral conviction."Anita Gates, The New York Times
"Ellen's tough-minded, lyrically charged dramas have tackled subjects of great relevance with astonishing invention."Randy Gener, American Theater Magazine, TCG, Senior Editor
Ajax in Iraq Script
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.