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.