Performance

WAR STORIES: A Female Philoctetes

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Aquila Theatre, A Female Philoctetes, photograph by Richard Termine


Upper E Side

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1000 Fifth Avenue

In honor of D-Day, veterans, and men and women in active duty, the Met presents Aquila Theatre Company performing scenes from Sophocles' Philoctetes. A female actress plays the lead role in this staging, highlighting the role of women at war.

The story takes place during the Trojan War: Neoptolemus and Odysseus attempt to bring the disabled Philoctetes, the master archer, with them to Troy. The scenes are performed by actors from Aquila and a chorus of recent veterans. Peter Meineck, Associate Professor of Classics at New York University, and founder of Aquila Theatre Company, moderates a discussion following the performance, linking the play to objects in the Greek and Roman Art collection.

A Female Philoctetes is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities YouStories program, which brings performances and readings of ancient works to communities across America to connect veterans and the public in dialogue. The YouStories website allows people to upload their own stories to be archived at the Library of Congress.

Free with Museum admission but space is limited; first come, first served