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Presented by Carthage College Theatre

Directed by Martin McClendon
Oct. 5-6 and 11-13 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 at 3 p.m.
Wartburg Theatre

Carthage Theatre presents the world premiere of a new translation by Carthage classics major/theatre minor Melody Abbott ‘18, and classics major and combat veteran Lawrence Gums ‘19. As relevant today as it was when Sophocles first wrote it, this timeless tragedy follows the story of Ajax, hero warrior of the Trojan War, who is publicly humiliated when the armor of fallen hero Achilles is gifted to Odysseus instead of him. Ajax vows revenge on the generals who have dishonored him, but is tricked by the goddess Athena into thinking a flock of sheep is actually a group of his enemies, whom he slaughters. Coming to his senses, Ajax is humiliated by his actions and teeters on the verge of suicide. Will he take his own life, or can his wife Tekmessa and his own soldiers convince him to stay alive? Our new adaptation of Ajax aims to bridge the ancient and the contemporary, and shine a light on the current epidemic of PTSD and veteran suicide, exploring the issues faced by those who come home from war and attempt to re-enter society.

Adults $14
Seniors (55+) $10
Students* $8 
To purchase tickets, please visit 24/7 or call the Fine Arts Box Office 262-551-6661 Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

*Carthage students, faculty, and staff receive complimentary ticket(s) for this event. Please visit for ticket information and policies, or contact the Fine Arts Box Office with any additional questions. All complimentary ticket reservations must be redeemed in-person with a Carthage photo I.D. at the Box Office. Email or phone reservations will not be accepted.

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