AJAX: How to stage a suicide (?)

Author / Director / Performer PAOLO PANIZZA
Texts: “Ajax” by Sophocles, “Petrolio” by Pasolini, “Good Morning Vietnam” by Mitch Markovitz and “The Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris.
Collaborators: ANDREA ALBANESE and STEFANO MAZZOTTI (live electronic music), TRIIN UUSTALU (costume), LIISBETH LIIDEMAA (makeup).
Special thanks to Marshall Stay and Ragnar Uustal for their recorded voices and Edoardo Ferrari for the drawing.

Premiere on 1st February 2020 in Von Krahl Theatre (Tallinn)

“Great unfathomable time brings dark things into light and buries the bright in darkness.
Nothing is too strange, time sizes the most dread oath, the most hardened mind”
“Ajax” by Sophocles

Ajax feels in the Greek army second only to Achilles. Therefore, after Achilles death, he claims the warrior weapons for himself. But instead, Odysseus gets them and Ajax, frauded by Athena, murders in revenge a herd thinking it’s the Greek army. The play ends with the hero’s suicide, out of shame.

“Sophocles’ Ajax sees beyond his own tragedy into a universal darkness;
there is a brutal mutability at the heart of things – betrayal,
God-inflicted madness, and degradation are merely its symptoms.
No Sophoclean play is so concerned with time and
so saturated with temporal expressions.”
“Ajax” by Herbert Golder and Richard Pevear