Date of Submission

Spring 2012

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Elizabeth Smith

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Arts of Bard College.

The New York City-based company Theater of War uses the plays of Sophocles – specifically Ajax and Philoctetes – as a supportive model for reintegration for soldiers returning from war. In this paper I examine those plays both in their original context in antiquity and as they relate to current warriors in modernity. Theater of War's approach to Greek theatre as a natural and necessary tool for the reintegration of soldiers is most justified in its oral and aural accomplishments: the company both clarifies a common vocabulary and enables a common heard experience for returning warriors.

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