Heartwood Regional Theater Company will present a staged reading of Seamus Heaney’s “The Cure at Troy,” an adaptation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Philoctetes,” at the downtown Skidompha Public Library for one weekend only.

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, April 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8, and seating is general admission. To reserve tickets, call Heartwood at 563-1373.

The three male characters in the play are Odysseus, played by Heartwood’s artistic director Griff Braley; Neoptolemus, played by Peter Christine; and Philoctetes, played by Steve Shema. Three talented female actors – Ann Foskett, Samantha McGow and Millie Santiago – will join forces as the play’s Greek chorus. Shema, one of Heartwood’s resident company members this season, directs the staging.

The Sophocles play on which “The Cure at Troy” is based was written in the fifth century B.C. It tells the story of outcast hero Philoctetes, whom the Greeks left marooned on the island of Lemnos and forgot about until the closing stages of the Siege of Troy. Abandoned because of a serious wound to his foot, Philoctetes possesses an invincible bow without which the Greeks cannot win the Trojan War.  They are forced to return to Lemnos and ask Philoctetes for his help.

Heaney’s adaptation explores the relations between public and private morality and dramatizes the conflict between personal integrity and political expediency. It shows the ways in which victims of injustice can become as devoted to the contemplation of their wounds as the perpetrators are to their own justification.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.