Combat Veterans and Scholars Set for Post-Show Talk Backs at Aquila's HERAKLES at BAM, Beg. Today


As part of Aquila Theatre's National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Special Award 3 year public program, Ancient Greeks / Modern Lives, four post-performance talks will be held after each performance of Herakles at BAM Fisher. Noted scholars will join combat veterans who have been involved in the project to discuss the themes of the play as they relate to the experience of the veteran community in America today and the wider society within which they live.

All talks will be moderated by Peter Meineck (Clin. Associate Professor of Classics, NYU and Founder of Aquila Theatre).

Talkback Schedule and Guests:

Wednesday 27th March
Paul Woodruff (Professor in Ethics in American Society, University of Texas at Austin and Vietnam Veteran)
John M Meyer (National Science Foundation Fellow, UT Austin and Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran

Thursday 28th March
Marc Ringer (Professor of Theater at Marymount Manhattan College)
John M Meyer (National Science Foundation Fellow, UT Austin and Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran)
Morgan Cooley (Afghanistan Veteran)

Friday 29th March
Adam Brown (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NYU Medical School)
Brian Delate (Actor / Vietnam Veteran
Brooke Holmes (Associate Professor of Classics, Princeton University)

Saturday 30th March
Helene Foley (Professor of Classics, Barnard College, Columbia University)
Brian Delate (Actor / Vietnam Veteran)
Morgan Cooley (Afghanistan Veteran)

Aquila Theatre will present New York Premiere of its production of Euripides' HERAKLES, translated and adapted by Peter Meineck and directed by Desiree Sanchez.

Previously seen at The White House and in Athens, Greece, HERAKLES is part of Aquila's ongoing Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives program. This innovative production uses filmed testimonies of United States veterans from World War II through the war in Afghanistan to form the chorus in the play.

Euripides takes the familiar myth of Herakles, one of the most famous of all legendary heroes, and creates a gripping tragedy about the return of a warrior who, instead of saving his own family, turns on them in a fit of madness. Euripides created this play for a society traumatized by years of brutal conflict, illustrating the effects of war on a family left at home.

HERAKLES asks difficult questions about how a man bloodied by combat might ever be reincorporated back into peacetime society. Though extreme in its content, HERAKLES articulates the strain of war, the effects of combat trauma and the psychology of a man driven to violence. HERAKLES is a story that speaks directly and urgently to people today.

The cast of HERAKLES features Brent Werzner (Trojan Women [After Euripides] at BAM) as Herakles, Arthur Bartow (Former Artistic Director, Tisch School of the Arts) as Amphitryon, Elizabeth Wakehouse (Wickets with 3 Legged Dog) as Megara, Brian Delate (Salome on Broadway) as Theseus/Ensemble, Nathan Flower (Much Ado About Nothing at 45 Bleecker, The Iliad at the Lucille Lortel Theatre) as Lykos, Ozzie Perlman as Son of Herakles and Sophie Wright as Daughter of Herakles.

Performances for this limited engagement will run March 27th through March 30th only. Performances will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm. All performances will be held at the BAM Fisher (Fishman Space) located at 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, New York.

Tickets are available at, by calling (718) 636-4100, or by visiting the BAM Box Office at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. For more information, visit

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