Ajax in Iraq

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The Playwrights' Center

2301 Franklin Ave. E.
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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Region: Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha

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As soon as Ajax in Iraq opened this summer in New York City, Frank Theatre director Wendy Knox started to hear that the piece "sounded very much like a Frank play." After a bit of social-media connecting, Knox had a copy of the script. "I had a look, and I couldn't stop reading. It was very much a Frank show," she says. The Ellen McLaughlin-penned play takes an ancient work by Sophocles and builds two parallel story lines: one of Ajax fighting in the Trojan wars, and one of A.J., an American soldier, in Iraq. Both eventually are betrayed by their commanding officer. Athena, the ancient Greek goddess of war, tells both of the stories. "The play has a very touching pro-soldier voice in it. It centers on why we fight wars, why the Trojan War took place, and why we're in Iraq. It's not just a political bashing of a particular president, and there is a distinction between the policy of a nation and the role of a soldier, which makes the story very human," she says. For tickets and more info, call 612.724.3760.
Thu., Nov. 3, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 17, 8 p.m.; Mon., Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 3. Continues through Nov. 27, 2011

 
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