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."