directed by Abigail Akavia

Recent Production: Philoctetes

by Sophocles

We regret to announce that we will be postponing the final performances of Philoctetes to a later date due to COVID-19. Please keep an eye out here for our new dates once they are secured. Further information is available here.

ETL’s next production is Sophocles’ Philoctetes, an ancient Greek tragedy newly adapted and with an original musical score.

A famed archer, Philoctetes, set out against Troy with Achilles and the other Greek heroes but was bit on the foot by a snake along the way. The wound festered and stank, and Philoctetes screamed in pain so hideously that the fleet abandoned him on Lemnos, a desert island. Philoctetes survived on whatever he could shoot with his magical bow, the one he inherited from his friend Heracles.

Ten years later, the Greeks learn through prophecy that Philoctetes and his bow are needed against Troy, and a plot is hatched to get him back.

After years of solitude, neglect and suffering, what kind of man is Philoctetes now? Will he rejoin the army that betrayed him so ruthlessly?

A play about lies, empathy, and the conflicting demands of heroism, Philoctetes asks us to what extent we are willing to acknowledge another person’s pain. Language can ruin, especially when someone refuses to be “one of us”—but can it also heal?

Premiere: 5th of March 2020, 8pm
Additional Shows:
6th, 7th of March 2020

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The show must go on - but not at the moment

Dear Friends of ETL,

We, like all other community institutions in Leipzig, have had to react to the current crisis. We are therefore announcing the postponement of the performances of Philoctetes on March 20th and 21st. We hope this is only a delay and not a cancellation. We shall work in collaboration with Neues Schauspiel Leipzig in an attempt to find new performance dates. We will naturally inform you if a solution can be found.

As we finance our productions through box office revenue from our performances as well as donations,  we would ask...

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