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Diversifying Greek Tragedy on the Contemporary US Stage$
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Melinda Powers

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198777359.001.0001

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Challenging the Stereotype of the ‘Disabled Veteran’ in Aquila’s A Female Philoctetes and Outside the Wire’s Ajax

Challenging the Stereotype of the ‘Disabled Veteran’ in Aquila’s A Female Philoctetes and Outside the Wire’s Ajax

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(p.155) 5 Challenging the Stereotype of the ‘Disabled Veteran’ in Aquila’s A Female Philoctetes and Outside the Wire’s Ajax
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Diversifying Greek Tragedy on the Contemporary US Stage
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Melinda Powers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198777359.003.0006

My final chapter considers a different type of minority community, US veterans. Although veterans today, particularly those with disabilities, are a minority population that comprises less than 1 per cent of the total population, in ancient Athens, veterans had a direct connection to ancient Greek drama, and the majority of the ancient playwrights and the audience would have had direct experience of combat. By focusing on Aquila Theatre’s A Female Philoctetes, and Outside the Wire’s Theater of War Ensemble’s reading of Sophocles’ Ajax, I explore the ways in which Greek drama can function to challenge the stereotype of the ‘disabled veteran’, but can also reinforce stereotypes about the members of this community, who struggle not only for equality but also with the process of reintegrating into civilian life.

Keywords:   Ajax, Philoctetes, veteran, disability, Aquila Theatre, Outside the Wire, stereotype

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