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Starts Jun 30

a female philoctetes performance
war stories: a female philoctetes

Cruciform Lecture Theatre, UCL, London

June 30th, 2015 at 06:00 PM

The Aquila Theatre Company is proud to announce that You|Stories, the innovative program that uses arts and humanities to explore the ancient and modern narratives of war, will present War Stories: A Female Philoctetes, a program of staged readings from Aquila’s A Female Philoctetes, performed by British and American combat veterans at University College London (UCL) on 30 June, 2015. The readings will be accompanied by veteran/audience discussion led by Professor Peter Meineck of New York University. Here, veterans will add their particular insights into this ancient work while sharing their experiences of being at war and coming home. War Stories will begin at 18:00 in the Cruciform Lecture Theatre. Tickets are free and can be reserved via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-female-philoctetes-a-staged-reading-tickets-16843166364.

You|Stories is part of a large American national public program that has visited over 120 towns in 34 states reaching over 120,000 people. In 2012, Aquila was invited to perform at the White House to highlight veterans’ issues and on June 6th will be performing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. TheWar Stories event at UCL will be the first time the program has included both British and American veterans and is the only appearance of this special program in the UK.

You|Stories is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, New York University and NYU London. In addition to performances, staged readings, film and reading groups, public talks and special events, the program also includes a specially developed app and web platform (www.youstories.com) designed to allow people to upload their own video stories to be archived at the Library of Congress. This innovative app was just given the Award of Distinction in the 21st Annual Communicator Awards.

Aquila Theatre is a 24 year-old professional theatre company based in New York. Originally founded in London in 1991, Aquila moved to New York in 1999 and has gone on to become the foremost producer of touring classical theatre in the US and a major force in innovative national public programming, using classical material to address important social issues. Aquila’s work has been staged for the President and First Lady of the United States at the White House, for members of the US Supreme Court, The National Council on the Arts, at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and at hundreds of theatres, museums, libraries and colleges throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

In this project Aquila will place a special focus on women veterans by reading Sophocles’ play Philoctetes (translated by Peter Meineck – Hackett Publishing 2012) from a female perspective. While on a mission, Philoctetes 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, sailing away and forgetting him, that is until ten years later when they learn that the war cannot be ended without Philoctetes’ help. Sophocles tells the story of how the young son of Achilles must choose between the enigmatic and resolute Philoctetes or the machinations of the wily Odysseus. Philoctetes captures a reality for many combat veterans who have faced such moral and ethical dilemmas or have been physically or mentally wounded, and these issues are as relevant today as they were to the Greeks 2,500 years ago.

War Stories: A Female Philoctetes is based on Aquila’s production of the play performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in April 2014, adapted and directed by Desiree Sanchez, Artistic Director of Aquila Theatre.

Tickets for War Stories: A Female Philoctetes can be reserved here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-female-philoctetes-a-staged-reading-tickets-16843166364

Starts Jun 13

a female philoctetes performance
a female philoctetes

John Jay Homestead Ballroom

June 13th, 2015 at 06:00 PM

With a company of Aquila Actors and United States veterans, Aquila Theatre will bring to life scenes from its production of A Female Philoctetes, directed and adapted by Desiree Sanchez, which premiered to sold out audiences in April 2014 at Brooklyn Academy of Music Fisher's Hillman Studio. Post performance talk back will be moderated by Professor Peter Meineck (NYU), translator of Sophocles' "Philoctetes," (Hackett Publishing - 2012) and founder of Aquila Theatre.

Aquila’s work has been staged for the President and First Lady of the United States at the White House, for members of the US Supreme Court, The National Council on the Arts, at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and at hundreds of theatres, museums, libraries and colleges throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. A Female Philoctetes has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "The Diane Rehm Show."

Reservations at strongly encouraged. They can be made by calling Friends of John Jay Homestead at (914) 232-8119 or by visiting http://www.johnjayhomestead.org

Reception to follow the performance.

Starts Jun 12

a female philoctetes performance
a female philoctetes (selected readings with scholar led discussion)

Instersections International

June 12th, 2015 at 07:00 PM

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 the cannot end the war without the help if the wounded warrior. Sophocles' ancient play, Philoctetes, captures a reality for all combat veterans who have been physically wounded and explores ethical dilemmas, as dynamic and relevant today as they were to the Greeks 2500 years ago. Aquila Theatre explored this ancient play, re-imagining the title role played as a female combat soldier.

A Female Philoctetes premiered in April 2014 to sold-out audiences at Brooklyn Academy of Music Fisher's Hillman Studio and has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "The Diane Rehm Show."

Starts Jun 06

a female philoctetes performance
war stories: a female philoctetes

Metropolitan Museum of Art

June 6th, 2015 at 02:00 PM

In honor of D-Day, veterans, and men and women in active duty, the Met is pleased to be present Aquila Theater Company performing scenes from Sophocles Philoctetes– based on Sophocles’ compelling Greek tragedy, but with a woman in the lead role, to highlight the role of women at war. The story takes place during the Trojan War and describes the attempt by Neoptolemus and Odysseus to bring the disabled Philoctetes, the master archer, with them to Troy. The scenes will be performed by actors from Aquila and a chorus of recent veterans and moderated by Peter Meineck, Associate Professor of Classics at New York University and founder of Aquila Theater Company. An audience discussion will follow with links to several objects in the Met's Greek and Roman collection.

A Female Philoctetes is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities You|Stories program, which brings performances and readings of ancient works to communities across America to connect veterans and the public in dialogue. The www.youstories.com app allows people to upload their own stories to be archived at the Library of Congress.

Starts Jun 06

a female philoctetes performance
war stories: a female philoctetes

Metropolitan Museum of Art

June 6th, 2015 at 11:00 AM

In honor of D-Day, veterans, and men and women in active duty, the Met is pleased to be present Aquila Theater Company performing scenes from Sophocles Philoctetes– based on Sophocles’ compelling Greek tragedy, but with a woman in the lead role, to highlight the role of women at war. The story takes place during the Trojan War and describes the attempt by Neoptolemus and Odysseus to bring the disabled Philoctetes, the master archer, with them to Troy. The scenes will be performed by actors from Aquila and a chorus of recent veterans and moderated by Peter Meineck, Associate Professor of Classics at New York University and founder of Aquila Theater Company. An audience discussion will follow with links to several objects in the Met's Greek and Roman collection.

A Female Philoctetes is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities You|Stories program, which brings performances and readings of ancient works to communities across America to connect veterans and the public in dialogue. The www.youstories.com app allows people to upload their own stories to be archived at the Library of Congress.

Starts Apr 07

scholar lecture
ancient wars and modern warriors: how can homer and greek tragedy help heal the warriors of today?

Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion

April 7th, 2015 at 06:00 PM

YouStories scholar lecture "Ancient Wars and Modern Warriors: How can Homer and Greek tragedy help heal the warriors of today?" with Peter Meineck, Clinical Associate Professor of Classics, NYU. For more information please contact Aquila Theatre (914) 401-9494 

Starts Feb 09

staged reading
staged readings of scenes from greek drama

Gardens Branch Library

February 9th, 2015 at 06:00 PM

The power of classical drama brought to life in a staged reading of selections from Homer’sOdyssey, Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes, and Euripedes’ Herakles.

This event is free and open to the public. Veterans, their families and members of the general community are encouraged to come and participate in this dialogue connecting the classics with today's military experience. For more information, please call the Gardens Branch Library at (561) 626-6133.

Starts Feb 07

staged reading
staged readings of scenes from greek drama

Hangen Ranch Road Public Library

February 7th, 2015 at 01:00 PM

The power of classical drama brought to life in a staged reading of selections from Homer’sOdyssey, Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes, and Euripedes’ Herakles.

This event is free and open to the public. Veterans, their families and members of the general community are encouraged to come and participate in this dialogue connecting the classics with today's military experience.  For more information, please contact the Hagen Ranch Road Public Library at (561) 894-7500.

Starts Nov 21

reading group
reading group

Bay Terrace Library

November 21st, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The power of classical drama is brought to life through the interactive book discussion of "Love My Rifle More Thank You" by Kayla Williams.   This event is free and open to the public. Veterans, their families and members of the community are encouraged to come and participate in this dialogue connecting the classics with today's military experience.  For more information, please contact the Bayside Queen's Library at (718) 423-7004.

Starts Nov 16

staged reading
staged readings of scenes from greek drama

LA City Library

November 16th, 2014 at 02:00 PM

The power of classical drama brought to life in a staged reading of selections from Homer’s Odyssey, Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes, and Euripedes’ Herakles

This event is free and open to the public.  Veterans, their families and members of the general community are encouraged to come and participate in this dialogue connecting the classics with today's military experience. For more information, please call the LA City Library at (213) 228-7000.