With a program called Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue, Aquila Theatre will
stage free dramatic readings from 10 plays—including Homer‘s “Odyssey,” Sophocles‘ “Ajax,” and Euripides‘ “Trojan Women“—for the public, especially combat veterans, inner-city residents and rural communities.
The programs, set to take place at 100 public libraries and art centers in some 20 states, will be followed by “town-hall” discussions examining the connections between the classics and contemporary America.
Also on offer: scholarly lectures, reading groups, master drama classes and a resource-laden website.
Corporations should invite them in-house. Ancient texts are great prompters for reflection on perennial themes.