Thursday, February 11, 2010

2010 Thayer Lecture: Theater of War



Bryan Doerries will present "The Theater of War: Greek Tragedies for Combat Veterans", the 2010 Philip Thayer Memorial Lecture, on March 1 in the Smith Hall Auditorium at Randolph College.


Doerries is a New York-based writer, translator, director, and educator. He is the founder of Theater of War, a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to service members, veterans, caregivers and families as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the challenges faced by combat veterans today.


During the past year, Doerries has directed film and stage actors such as Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn, Lili Taylor, Michael Ealy, and Jesse Eisenberg in readings of his translations of Sophocles’ “Ajax and Philoctetes” for the U.S. Marine Corps, West Point cadets, homeless veterans, the Department of Defense, and many other military communities.


His other recent theatrical projects include “Prometheus in Prison,” which presents Aeschylus’ “Prometheus Bound” to corrections professionals to engage them in conversations about custody and reentry, and “End of Life,” which presents Sophocles’ “Women of Trachis” to palliative care and hospice workers to engage them in dialogue with other medical professionals about medical ethics and pain management.


In addition to his work in the theater, Doerries serves as program adviser for the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and lectures on his work.




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