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U.S. veterans read the words of the Greek hero Ajax and his wife, Tecmessa, as he contemplates suicide.

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A play that speaks to Ferguson’s tragedy and lets the audience speak back.

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Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn, and Bryan Doerries present The Redemptive Power of Ancient Stories


Theater of War actors Adam Driver, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Marvel and Bill Camp perform selections from Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes. u.s veterans use greek tragedy to tell us about war

U.S. veterans read the words of the Greek warrior Philoctetes after he is wounded and abandoned by his comrades.

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This presentation of Theater of War, featuring performances by Reg E. Cathey, Frances McDormand, David Strathairn and Kathryn Erbe, was the first in a series of city-wide events developed by Brooklyn-based writer and director Bryan Doerries as part of his work as Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) for the City of New York, a joint appointment with the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services and Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Watch our discussion with service members and veterans of all ranks that followed our performance of "Theater of War" - dramatic readings of Sophocles' ancient Greek war plays Ajax and Philoctetes featuring Reg E. Cathey, Frances McDormand, David Strathairn and Kathryn Erbe.

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On the one-year anniversary of a tornado that devastated Joplin, MO, Paul Giamatti, Arliss Howard, and David Strathairn performed the Book of Job to spark community healing.


Antigone in Ferguson performed at the stavros niarchos foundation cultural center 

Antigone in Ferguson, our police-community relations project unites disparate voices in song to address the ancient relationship between legal rule and personal conviction. We journeyed with our Choir--The Phil Woodmore Singers, composed of Police Officers, Activists, and community members from St. Louis, MO, where we piloted in Normandy High School--to Athens, Greece.

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What could today's soldiers have in common with the men who fought in the wars of ancient Greece? That was the question Bryan Doerries a Public Artist in Residence posed when he put actors at a table, reading words written in the fifth century BCE, and asked veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to give it a chance. We're also joined by László Jakab Orsós, Vice President of Arts & Culture at Brooklyn Public Library, one of the partners in this city-wide project.

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Bryan Doerries Uses Ancient Greek Tragedies as Outlet for Veteran Grief


Bryan Doerries' Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States and Europe. By bringing these timeless plays to military 

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Bryan Doerries gives a talk on Theater of War: PTSD & Sophocles at the Aspen Institute