March 16, 2011

Advance Notice

Theater of War project uses performance as catalyst for discussion

Elizabeth Marvel and Bill Camp in "Theater of War." Photo By Howard Korn.

Theater Emory is partnering with Theater of War Productions to present a free, public performance of "Theater of War" on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at Cannon Chapel.

The Theater of War project uses dramatic readings of ancient Greek plays—Sophocles' "Ajax" and "Philoctetes" —to facilitate town hall-type discussions about the challenges faced by military service members, veterans and their families.

Theater of War Productions, supported by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in collaboration with the United Service Organizations, is partnering with 10 prominent theaters and universities to present "Theater of War" for mixed audiences, comprised of military service members and civilians.

Using Sophocles' plays to forge a common vocabulary for openly discussing the impact of war on individuals, families, and communities, these events are aimed at generating compassion and understanding among diverse audiences.

Theater Emory Artistic Director John Ammerman says the partnership gives Theater Emory an important role in combating post-traumatic stress disorder and "the opportunity to assist our veterans, enlisted personnel, and their families by using theater as a catalyst for discussion on this major issue."

"Theater of War" is translated and moderated by Bryan Doerries and produced by Phyllis Kaufman.

Ammerman will direct and participate in the readings, which will also feature Bruce Evers, Blake Covington, Tim McDonough and Lisa Paulsen.

A town hall discussion with military and health care panelists will follow the readings.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For details, visit

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