Under the leadership of artistic director Bryan Doerries, a NYC Public Artist in Residence, Theater of War
Productions has established a roster of over 20 projects, each providing a nuanced approach to these
The NYC Residency is a joint appointment with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Department
of Veterans’ Services with events co-produced by the Brooklyn Public Library and sponsored by the
Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Over the course of this two-year residency, Doerries will collaborate with
various city agencies, including NYC Department of Probation and the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic
Violence, to bring more than 60 events to veterans and civilian communities across all five boroughs.
Please scroll to see our Project Menu, organized by subject
Impact of War and Military Service/Mental Health/Suicide
Theater of War (Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes)
Rooted in discussions about the invisible and visible wounds of war, the company’s hallmark project is designed to increase awareness of psychological health issues, disseminate information on available resources, and foster greater community cohesion.
the tecmessa project (Sophocles' Ajax)
The Tecmessa Project presents readings of Sophocles’s Ajax, an ancient play about the visible and invisible wounds of war, as the catalyst for discussions focusing on the unique challenges faced by military family members, including couples, children, caregivers, and communities. This project is designed to promote understanding, compassion, and positive action.
Community and Police Relations
Antigone in Ferguson (Sophocles’ Antigone)
Designed to bridge the growing divide between law enforcement and local communities throughout the United States, Antigone in Ferguson is set to gospel music, performed by a diverse ensemble, including police officers, local educators, and community members.
Hercules (Euripides’ Madness of Hercules)
Drawing from an ancient Greek tragedy about a vicious act of violence committed by an angry man with an invincible weapon, this project aims to generate powerful dialogue between concerned citizens, members of the law enforcement community, victims and perpetrators of gun violence, and the general public.
The Drum Major Instinct
Commissioned by BRIC, The Drum Major Instinct engages audiences in dialogue about racism, inequality, and social justice. The performance features a dramatization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final sermon, embodied by prominent actors and supported by a large gospel choir, composed of singers, activists, police officers, and musicians from St. Louis, MO, and Brooklyn, NY.
Ethics and the Justice System
Theater of Law (Aeschylus’ Eumenides)
Developed with New York University’s Forum on Law, Culture, & Society, and designed as a professional development program for legal professionals, as well as for the general public, Theater of Law drives conversations about moral justice in the court system. The project is aimed at engaging audiences who have in some way been disenfranchised by the law in constructive, powerful dialogue.
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Addiction Performance Project (Eugene O’Neill’s A Long Day’s Journey into Night)
Designed to raise awareness about opiate addiction and alcohol abuse, the project is intended to promote dialogue about helping those who are struggling with addiction.
The Dionysus Project (Euripides’ Bacchae)
Presents readings of Euripides’ Bacchae in drug ravaged communities as a catalyst for town hall discussions about drug abuse and addiction. Premiered in rural Kentucky in 2012 in the heart of the opioid epidemic and has since traveled to other cities and areas that have been impacted by drugs.
Rum and Vodka (Conor McPherson’s one-man play Rum and Vodka)
This project presents a one-man Irish play about a 24-year-old whose life is coming apart, due to drinking, in order to provoke discussions about alcoholism and addiction within diverse communities.
Tape (Stephen Belber’s Tape)
Tape has been developed as a sexual assault awareness and prevention training program that uses dramatic readings of Stephen Belber’s 1999 play to ignite powerful discussions about consent, sexual assault, rape, and power dynamics.
Domestic Violence Project (Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire)
Addressing the impact of domestic violence on individuals, families, and communities, the Domestic Violence Project premiered in Maine in April 2013 and will be touring all five boroughs of New York City under the current PAIR residency.
Prometheus in Prison (Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound)
Addressing the challenges of supervising and rehabilitating prisoners in both correctional facilities and in communities, Prometheus in Prison premiered at the Missouri Department of Corrections in 2009, and has since been presented at various forums and correctional facilities worldwide, including the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in June 2011.
King Lear Project (Shakespeare’s King Lear)
This project presents streamlined readings of scenes from Shakespeare’s King Lear to engage diverse audiences, including the elderly and their families and caregivers, in open discussions about the challenges of aging and also of caring for senior citizens.
End of Life (Sophocles’ Women of Trachis and Philoctetes)
End of Life presents readings of ancient Greek plays in public settings and medical communities as a catalyst for facilitated discussions about challenges faced by patients, families, and health professionals today around end of life care. This unique, participatory event is intended to promote powerful, open discussion among diverse communities - public and professional - fostering compassion, cooperation, and understanding about living with chronic suffering and the mortality we all share.
Women’s Mental Health
Medea (Euripides’ Medea)
Medea timelessly depicts how scorned passion can lead to revenge and, sometimes, unthinkable violence. This project, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in June 2016, delves into under-discussed mental health issues that affect women and their families.
Acts of Violence (Seneca’s Thyestes)
Presents scenes from Seneca's Thyestes, a Roman tragedy that was written during the gruesome reign of Nero, as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the impact of political violence upon individuals, families, caregivers, health and human rights advocates, communities, and nations.
Book of Job (Stephen Mitchell’s translation of The Book of Job)
Developed in collaboration with PopTech, The Book of Job was created to promote healing dialogue within the community of Joplin, which was devastated by a tornado in May 2011. The project has since been presented all over the country and the world, from New York City (Hurricane Sandy), to Pascagoula, MS (10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina), to Tokyo (Fukushima)..