“Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.”
― Homer, The Iliad, Book 22 (Tr. R. Fagles)
The Aquila Theatre and American combat veterans/actors of the Warrior Chorus collaborate on a unique theatrical experience – The Trojan War, where the classic myths of ancient Greece and Rome are set against the compelling narratives of modern war.
The Trojan War uses epic moments from Homer’s Iliad and scenes from other classical Greek drama and poetry to propel a thrilling chronicle of men and women at war. The clash of gods and heroes, the rage of Achilles, the suicide of Ajax, the fall of Troy and the rise of Rome are among the many stories of war and homecoming told by the Aquila Theatre alongside members of the Warrior Chorus.
The Trojan War will be Aquila’s most ambitious production to date. The show will incorporate Aquila’s distinctive theatrical style -combining superb acting with expert movement, original music, innovative design and groundbreaking direction. Gripping stories of modern war will be woven into the narrative of the ancient myths in a multi-media format that uses live action, film, bold projections, and thrilling music.
The Warrior Chorus is a national program that brings together men and women who served in the United States military and trains them to the highest level in the performing arts and humanities. The finest members of three Warrior Choruses (New York, California and Texas) will join Aquila’s professional artists to tell these moving stories.
The Trojan War is adapted by Peter Meineck, Professor of Classics at New York University and the award winning translator of ancient drama and Desiree Sanchez, Aquila's Artistic Director and director of such critically acclaimed plays as The Tempest, Wuthering Heights, Fahrenheit 451, Herakles and A Female Philoctetes.
The Warrior Chorus is Veteran Made American Art and is supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program is hosted at New York University, Columbia University, The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Southern California.