Prof. David Roochnik, Core seminar leader, lecturer, and professor in the Department of Philosophy, wrote in to the Core blog to share this thoughts about the production of Ajax Core students and faculty attended this weekend.
Interesting production. Brilliant idea to use the video screens for the chorus. But the disconnected speeches they uttered were, in my mind, a failure. No real momentum could be generated from it. Production suggested to me that as interesting as AJAX is it is not, in the final analysis, a great piece of drama. The second half, while intellectually connected to the first, doesn’t follow from it organically, dramatically. Still, a great experience.
Sophocles’ play Ajax is read in the first semester of the Core freshman Humanities, CC101: The Ancient World. A longer response to the A.R.T. play, by Prof. Steve Esposito, appeared earlier on the Core Blog.