Our last session was attended by Dan, Mattia, Phil, Vic and Bruce, and discussion was lively. We began with and returned intermittently to the way Catch-22 considers gender and, to a lesser degree, class. Interestingly, we veered unguided into a the subject of local economies in war time.
We noticed that Ajax was an extraordinary warrior, who at the same was inflexible and unable to cope with the new image of himself that was developing in the army. His military strength, value and reputation seem to have been both his success and failure.
Probably the most important question posed during the session was two-fold: Should we consider Ajax a wounded soldier? And if so, how do we heal him? This led to a discussion over what society can reasonably expect of men at war. Can a semblance of normalcy be maintained? Is normalcy even beneficial in this theater?
Our first session was primarily dedicated to introducing the participants to the character of Ajax. The participants this week included Phil, our Warrior Chorus facilitator, as well as Dan, Laura, Vic and Joseph. After reading the opening 130-or so lines together as a group, we discussed the separate perspectives that are immediately apparent at the opening.
The Aquila Theater Company, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and sponsored by New York University, is hosting a reading & discussion group comprised of 6 sessions.
The Society of Artistic Veterans, in partnership with The Aquila Theater Company, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and sponsored by Marymount Manhattan College Theater Department, is hosting a reading & discussion group over the course of 6 sessions.