By Sophocles, translated by Melody Abbott and Lawrence Gums
Directed by Martin McClendon
Carthage College Theatre presents a new translation of Sophocles’ Ajax. Still relevant today, this timeless tragedy follows the story of Ajax, hero warrior of the Trojan War, who is publicly humiliated when the armor of fallen hero Achilles is gifted to Odysseus instead of her. Ajax vows revenge on the generals who have dishonored her, but is tricked by the goddess Athena into thinking a flock of sheep is actually a group of her enemies, whom she slaughters. Coming to her senses, Ajax is humiliated by her actions and teeters on the verge of suicide. Will she take her own life, or can her wife Tekmessa and her own soldiers convince her to stay alive?
We hope you’ll join us to discuss the ideas and themes of the play at the post-performance talkback with Director Martin McClendon and the cast. This show is a new translation/adaptation by Carthage classics major and combat veteran Lawrence Gums and classics major/theatre minor Melody Abbott.
Prior to the show there will be an opening reception of the Veteran Print Project’s new exhibit, The Transience of Narrative, in the Playhouse Gallery.
Produced by Carthage College at Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St, Madison
Performances: November 12, 2018
One Night Only: November 12, 7pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $20 for veterans and military. All proceeds after expenses will go to vet service organizations.
Call 608-258-4141 for reservations or more information.