Ajax
A.R.T. Season
February 12, 2011 through March 13, 2011
"A stellar production.... Putting a classic in modern dress to bring out the timelessness of the tragedy succeeds brilliantly."
WBUR

A poignant examination of how war affects the mind of a solider, Sophocles’s tragedy speaks directly to our times.  Second only to Achilles in greatness and strength, the legendary Greek warrior Ajax struggles under the weight of psychological and physical injuries, trying to maintain his dignity, identity, and honor. Director Sarah Benson brings the voice of the community to this production, exploring the relationships between soldiers and civilians.

Audiences love Ajax at the A.R.T.: 

Audiences love Ajax at the A.R.T.

Audiences love Ajax at the A.R.T.: "Brilliant." "The whole cast was incredible." "Fabulous." "One of the best, most pertinent productions I've seen at the A.R.T."

By Sophocles
In a new translation by Charles Connaghan
Directed by Sarah Benson
CAST:  
Athena  Kaaron Briscoe*
Odysseus Ron Cephas Jones*
Ajax Brent Harris*
Chorus Leader Remo Airaldi*
Tecmessa Linda Powell*
Eurysaces Mesafint Goldfeld
Messenger Nick Crandall
Teucer Nathan Darrow*
Menelaus James Joseph O'Neil*
Agamemnon Thomas Derrah*
   
STAFF:  
Set & Costume Design David Zinn
Lighting Design Justin Townsend
Sound Design Matt Tierney
Video Design Greg Emetaz
Casting Stephen Kopel
Fight Consultant Felix Ivanov
Stage Manager Katie Ailinger*
Voice and Speech Nancy Houfek
Assistant Director Kathryn Kozlark
Dramaturgy Laura Henry
Assistant Stage Manager Ryan A. Anderson*
Assistant Dramaturg Christina Farris
Stage Management Intern Sarah Gasser
Undergraduate Observers Isabel Carey
  Ilinca Radulian
   
(*) Members of Actors Equity Association
"Clearheaded.... Tense, straightforward, and swift."
The Boston Phoenix
"A fascinatingly theatrical experience that skillfully blends sound and vision."
TAB Community Newspapers
"This production works literally out of the box to create an accessible portal to Greek tragedy demonstrating that what was thought and written then is relevant, poignant and provocative now."
Berkshire Fine Arts

"Though the relevance of 'Ajax' to the current political climate is interesting, it’s the vulgar, boisterous, in-your-face divisiveness of war that gives this haunting production its substance." - Metro More

"...it is not only a stellar production, but one that makes the Greek myths relevant to today’s world. You can’t do much better than this one." - wbur.org More

"...kudos to the American Repertory Theater for realizing the uncanny relevance of this early work by the author of the Oedipus trilogy and presenting it in a clearheaded, colloquial translation by Charles Connaghan and a contemporary military setting steeped in blood and rather bloodless civic discussion." - The Boston Phoenix More

"Benson has created a fascinatingly theatrical experience that skillfully blends sound and vision.  Thanks to Benson’s clear-eyed vision, the core of the story that she wants to tell comes through loud and clear." -TAB COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS More

"What would this look like in a society as heterogonous, and as destabilized by radical societal changes, as ours is today? Sarah Benson investigates in her innovative and often deeply moving take on  "Ajax," by Sophocles, in a brand new translation by Charles Connaghan." -Blast Magazine More

"We first see Ajax mid-massacre, positively reveling in the bloodbath, and Benson pulls no punches, opening the nondescript mess hall to a scene of slaughterhouse gore." -TheaterMania More

"In ‘Ajax’ at the A.R.T., Linda Powell plays an ancient role with modern repercussions..." - The Boston Globe More

A note from Ajax Director Sarah Benson. More

A welcome note from Artistic Director Diane Paulus. More

Laura Henry discusses the history and myth behind Ajax. More

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Run time

90 minutes

Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668

 

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Special event:
On Monday, February 28 and Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m., the A.R.T. in Cambridge is partnering with Theater of War Productions to present two free, public presentations of Theater of War. Learn more>>

Single tickets on sale to members: 12/28/10.
On sale to the public: 1/11/11.

Access

Accessibilty
Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Pre-performance discussions at 6:30 p.m. on:
Thursday 2/17
Wednesday 2/23
Sunday 2/27

Post-performance discussions after every Saturday matinee:
2/19
2/26
3/5
3/12

Performance sponsors:

Philip and Hilary Burling; Lis Tarlow and Stephen Kay

Restaurant Partners: Cambridge, 1 and Tory Row