Arts

Theater of War—Battling PTSD with Sophocles

December 16, 2015  • Aspen Institute Arts Program

Held in the Scholastic Auditorium, NY
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Featuring performances by Reg E. Cathey, Kathryn Erbe, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Followed by Bryan Doerries, founder of Theater of War, in conversation with Maurice Decaul.

Bryan Doerries puts ancient drama in the service of American veterans. His Theater of War brings noted actors from stage and screen to perform readings of the Sophocles plays Philoctetes and Ajax to military and civilian populations.

“These ancient plays,” says Doerries, “timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war. By presenting [them] to military and civilian audiences, our hope is to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources, and foster greater family, community, and troop resilience.”

He has performed to thousands of veterans on bases at home and abroad. Doerries published a memoir of his life and work in September 2015 titled The Theater of War.