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Frances Mcdormand Plays Tecmessa

The Tecmessa Project

Dramatic Reading of Ajax, by Sophocles

Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

The Tecmessa Project presents readings of Sophocles’s Ajax, an ancient play about the visible and invisible wounds of war, as the catalyst for discussions focusing on the unique challenges faced by military family members, including couples, children, caregivers, and communities. This project is designed to promote understanding, compassion, and positive action.

I am the proud mother of a Marine and the wife of a Navy SEAL. My husband went away four times to war and—just like Ajax—he came back dragging invisible bodies into our house. The war came home with him. And to quote from the play, ‘Our home is a slaughterhouse.’
Marcelle Waddell, San Diego, CA 2008

About the play

  • Ajax by Sophocles

    Sophocles’ Ajax tells the story of a fierce warrior who is passed over for recognition by his command after losing his cousin Achilles in battle during the Trojan War. Feeling betrayed, Ajax attempts to murder his superior officers, fails, and—ultimately—takes his own life. The play tells the story of the events leading up to Ajax’ suicide, as well as the story of his wife and troops’ attempt to intervene before it's too late. The play also depicts the devastating impact of Ajax’ suicide upon his wife, son, brother, troops, and chain of command.


The Tecmessa Project

The Tecmessa Project

The Greene Space WNYC & WQXR / 2018

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