OSF presents a reading of Sophocles' 'Ajax'

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will present a play reading of Sophocles' "Ajax" at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Thomas Theatre. The reading is directed by Tom Ridgely, 2014 Phil Killian Directing Fellow.

More than 2,400 years old, "Ajax" is the earliest surviving play by one of the greatest dramatists of ancient Greece.

"Ajax is one of the first and most powerful documents we have of the effects of war on the soldier's psyche," Ridgely said in a press release. "With startling candor and insight, Sophocles strips combat of its heroism and glamour and reveals it as an omnivorous beast that consumes both victor and vanquished."

The reading combines major translations from three different centuries — the 19th, 20th and 21st, Ridgely said.

The cast includes Omoze Idehenre as Athena, Ron Menzel as Odysseus, Danforth Comins as Ajax, Brent Hinkley as Chorus, Jennie Greenberry as Techmessa, Benjamin Pelteson as Messenger, Mark Bedard as Teucer, Robert Vincent Frank as Menelaus and David Kelly as Agamemnon.

Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for OSF members and $8 for youth (6-17). Find tickets and information at http://www.osfashland.org/productions/2014-activities-and-events/reading.aspx.

The four-month Phil Killian Directing Fellowship was developed for early career directors interested in large-scale classical theater and Shakespeare in particular.

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