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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?

After our performance on Friday, March 6th, we will have a short open discussion with the crew and cast where you can talk to the team involved in making this show happen and ask any questions you may have about the process!