RALEIGH, NC – Needham B. Broughton High School is pleased to announce the fall production of “Ajax” as translated by John Tipton. This classic Greek drama recounts the struggles of Ajax, the second greatest warrior behind Achilles. After Achilles meets his fate, a contest emerges for which Greek deserves to win Achilles weapons and armor. Odysseus wins, but only with the aid of the goddess Athena. Ajax reacts with blind rage and slaughters countless livestock believing them to be Menelaus, Agamemnon, and their followers. The play opens on the next morning as Ajax returns to sanity and comes to terms with his vile behavior. The central theme of the play –warriors struggling to readjust to domestic life after years of battle stress–resonates today.
Broughton High School’s production will be the world premiere of Tipton’s translation. Jason Schumacher, who works for ZFX Flying Effects and has worked on several plays on Broadway, in Las Vegas, and throughout North America and Asia, has agreed to help with this performance. Drew Vidal, a Ball State University professor and professional fight choreographer, has also agreed to lend his expertise. The Theatre and Dance programs at Broughton are providing opportunities for the students to work with these professionals and experience the flying effects. PJ Benedict, a movement director with experience in the United Kingdom, has volunteered to work with the Greek Chorus.
The play is scheduled for performances opening in the Broughton High School Auditorium, October 15, 16, and 17 at 7:oo p.m. Tickets for the three night public performance are $5. The theatre program receives no money from the school or county and all of the classroom supplies and production needs are funded solely by ticket sales. Please continue to support the theatre program at Broughton so they may provide future opportunities for students and the public. Any support is welcome.