The Ajax Project
AJAX – An Interactive Exploration is a new kind of theatre, re-imagined for the age of coronavirus, and geared toward using the arts as part of a process of healing.
The Hecuba Project
Hecuba is a play that looks at the experiences of war from a female perspective and explores the legacy and the personal sacrifices that are an inevitable result.
About the projects
A collaboration of EST/LA and the Warrior Bards, this project offers an internet audience the various tools and ideas needed to explore Sophocles’ classical plays AJAX and HECUBA in a number of ways. There are videos of excerpts of the play performed by U.S. military veterans available to view, as well as proposed designs that visitors to this site can use to flesh out what the play might look like if it were presented live. Accompanying the performance segments and the design elements are commentary from veterans on what the text means to them, as well as comments from designers on why they made specific artistic choices—and how this might be put together in a stage performance. Finally, there are resources available for anyone who desires to know more about the themes of the plays, including the trials of homecoming and re-entering the larger community, transitioning from war to peacetime, PTSD, and the shift in identity from hero to civilian.
We would like to thank The Council District 13 Theater Emergency Response Program for it's generous grant that allowed this project to come to fruition during the time of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Council District 13 Theater Emergency Response Program is an Arts Development Fee Program produced through a collaborative effort between the Office of Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).