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					The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
STOCKTON THEATRE PROGRAM
STOCKTON INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER
FOR HELLENIC STUDIES (ICHS)

School of Arts and Humanities

PRESS RELEASE
March 28, 2012
Category: Performing Arts. County: Atlantic
Contact: Mark Mallett, Associate Professor of Theatre, Tel: 609-626-6037
Email: mark.mallett@stockton.edu



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Sophocles’ Ajax set to perform at Stockton’s Performing Arts Center
      April 11 - 15, Wednesday - Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday: 3pm
      Performing Arts Center, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Galloway Township


Stockton Theatre’s final production, Ajax, is a wrenching exploration of the effects of prolonged war and poor
leadership on the minds and souls of warriors and their families in this original translation of Sophocles’ classic
Greek tragedy. Second only to Achilles in valor and courage, the legendary hero Ajax is victorious on the
battlefield, yet his identity, his dignity and ultimately his sanity are fatally challenged when his compatriots
cheat him of his honor as the war nears an end. This moral tale of loss, rewards, and fairness speaks directly to
our own times, according to director Mark Mallett, Associate Professor of Theatre, and ultimately that leads the
audience to question what defines honor. Mallett said, “Sophocles, like Homer before him, raises questions for
which we’re still seeking answers: What makes a hero a hero? What is justice? David Roessel’s new
translation of this great drama provides a fresh, contemporary and relevant take on these eternal questions.”

Tickets are $8 for General Admission, $6 for Seniors and Students with ID.
For patrons with special needs, the theatre offers wheelchair accessible seating, large type programs and
listening assistive devices. PAC Box Office: 609-652-9000. www.stockton.edu/pac
This program has been funded in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner
agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Local Arts Grant administered by the Atlantic
County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.




Sophocles’ Ajax set to perform at Stockton’s Performing Arts Center

Galloway Township: This spring, the Stockton Theatre Program will present Ajax, one of the earlier works of
Greek tragedian Sophocles. The production will take place at the Stockton Performing Arts Center from April
11th through the 15th. Stockton Associate Professor of Theatre Mark Mallett will be directing this
unforgettable performance.

Stockton Theatre’s final production, Ajax, is a wrenching exploration of the effects of prolonged war and poor
leadership on the minds and souls of warriors and their families in this original translation of Sophocles’ classic
Greek tragedy. Second only to Achilles in valor and courage, the legendary hero Ajax is victorious on the
battlefield, yet his identity, his dignity and ultimately his sanity are fatally challenged when his compatriots
cheat him of his honor as the Trojan War nears an end. This moral tale of loss, rewards, and fairness speaks
directly to our own times, according to director Mark Mallett, and ultimately that leads the audience to question
what defines honor. Mallett said, “Sophocles, like Homer before him, raises questions for which we’re still
seeking answers: What makes a hero a hero? What is justice? David Roessel’s new translation of this great
drama is a fresh, contemporary and relevant take on these eternal questions.”

The cast of Ajax is comprised of Stockton students and community members. Cast members include Tyler
Riley as Ajax, Taylor Cawley as Odysseus, Kate Sparacio as Tecmessa, Natalie Jones as Teucer, Dan Cerullo as
Menelaus, Chad Parlett as Agamemnon, and Katie O’Brien as the Messenger. Chorus members that contribute
to the cast include David Carey as the Sergeant, Tori Moratelli, John Wisienski, John Wise, Jessi Meisel, Ray
Westphal, and Grant Bolopue.


Ajax plays at the Performing Arts Center of Stockton College from April 11th through April 15th, at 7:30
pm nightly Wednesday through Saturday, and 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for General Admission
and $6 for Students and Seniors with I/D; ticket orders can be made online at www.stockton.edu/pac or
by calling the Box Office at (609)-652-9000.


The Stockton Box Office is open Monday to Friday from 9 am – 3 pm and an hour and a half before each
performance. The Stockton Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of The Richard Stockton College
of New Jersey, Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona (Galloway Township). For patrons with special needs, the
Performing Arts Center offers wheelchair accessible seating, listening assistive devices, and large type
programs. Please identify any needs you may have when making a reservation.

 This program has been funded in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner
agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Local Arts Grant administered by the Atlantic
County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

				
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