Ajax in Iraq
The College of Charleston Theatre and Dance Department presents Ajax in Iraq, by Ellen McLaughlin and directed by Mark Landis, featuring College of Charleston Theatre Students, November 19-23 in the Emmett Robinson Theatre at 54 St. Philip Street, Charleston. Premiering Off Broadway in 2010, this play’s central figure, “A.J.,” is a female member of a forward deployed U.S. Army unit in Iraq. A.J. has been in combat, has fought with valor, and performed heroic acts amidst violent horrors. The wounds she suffers are not inflicted by the enemy, and her suffering is left shamefully unaddressed. In ancient mythology, Ajax was a fierce Greek warrior, whose own descent into tortured madness is intertwined with the modern tale of A.J. in Iraq. Performances are at 7:30 pm nightly, with an additional Sunday show at 2:00 pm. There will be a talkback after the opening night performance.