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A Female Philoctetes

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A combat soldier is inflicted with an incurable and insufferable injury. The soldier’s comrades cannot bear to hear the cries of pain or the sight of the wound. They maroon the injured soldier and sail away. The soldier is forgotten. That is, until ten years later, when they learn they cannot end the war without the help of the wounded warrior. Sophocles’ ancient play, Philoctetes, captures a reality for all combat veterans who have been physically or mentally wounded and explores ethical dilemmas, as dynamic and relevant today as they were to the Greeks 2500 years ago. Aquila Theatre will explore this ancient play and reimagine it with the title role played as a female combat soldier. Aquila Theatre is a veteran of Greek Classical Theatre and will boldly take on this newest endeavor. Join us as we present, A Female Philoctetes, a staged reading, translated by Peter Meineck and directed and adapted by Desiree Sanchez. Post show talk backs will follow each performance.

This event is part of You|Stories – Aquila’s innovative public program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which uses ancient drama to inspire modern stories. An interactive You|Stories app and web platform will allow the veteran community and the public to explore these ancient stories and be inspired to tell their own. These new narratives will be archived at the Library of Congress.

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