Ajax in Iraq

A Theatre Studies Senior Project in Directing for Alexandra Thomas

by Ellen McLaughlin


Past and present collide in Ellen McLaughlin’s mash-up of Sophocles’ classic tragedy Ajax with the modern-day war in Iraq. The play follows the parallel narratives of Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a modern female American soldier, both undone by the betrayal of a commanding officer. Athena, goddess of war, coolly presides over the whole. Inspired by material collected from interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families, Ajax in Iraq explores the timeless struggle soldiers face in trying to make sense of war.

Audition tapes will be accepted through November 27 via emal to ajaxyale@gmail.com. Please see the attached audition packet below for further details regarding the audition process, production timeline, and details about the scope and research questions behind the production. 

NOTE: This production will be a hybrid performance that utilizes both livestream technology and in-person performance in the Whitney Theatre and Theatre Studies Ballroom, however we are prepared to alter what the production will look like in the event that COVID-19 prevents this from being possible. In any case, you DO NOT NEED TO BE ENROLLED OR LOCATED IN NEW HAVEN in spring 2021 to participate in this production.

Performance Dates & Times

April 15, 2021 - 8:00pm

April 16, 2021 - 8:00pm

April 17, 2021 - 2:00pm

April 17, 2021 - 8:00pm




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For all inquiries, please contact: 

Production Team

Stage Manager
Lighting Designer

Media and Downloads

PDF icon ajax_audition_packet.pdf (.pdf - 1.09MB)