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Outside the Wire: Theater of War Performance

Story posted February 28, 2013

Theater of War and End of LifeOutside the Wire, a social impact company, presented performances of Theater of War and End of Life at Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, at Bowdoin College, February 7 and 8, 2013.

Theater of War was presented Thursday, February 7, at 7 p.m., and End of Life was presented Friday, February 8, at 12:30 p.m.
Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States, Europe and Japan. These ancient plays timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war.

By presenting these plays to military and civilian audiences, the 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.

End of Life presents readings of Sophocles' Women of Trachis as a catalyst for town hall discussions with the audience about suffering and death as it touches patients, families, and health professionals who work in the fields of medicine, palliative care, hospice, geriatrics, nursing and clinical bioethics.

This unique, participatory event is intended to promote healthy discussion among diverse communities -- public and professional -- fostering compassion, cooperation, and understanding about living with chronic suffering and the mortality we all share.

Both play readings were followed by a discussion with panelists from the community and facilitated town-hall style audience discussions.

These performances featured Adam Driver (Girls, Lincoln, J. Edgar), Joanne Tucker (Through the Yellow Hour, The Cherry Orchard), and Reg E. Cathey (The Wire, Lights Out, American Psycho); are translated, directed and facilitated by Bryan Doerries; and are produced by Phyllis Kaufman.

Outside the Wire's two-day visit at Bowdoin is sponsored by the Jacob Jasper Stahl Lectureship in the Humanities; the Bowdoin Departments of Classics, English, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Theater and Dance; the Gender and Women's Studies Program; and the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good.

About Outside the Wire   
Outside the Wire is a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues, such as combat-related psychological injury, end of life care, prison reform, political violence and torture, and the de-stigmatization of the treatment of substance abuse and addiction.

To date, there have been over 200 performances of Theater of War for military and civilian communities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Over 40,000 service members, veterans, and their families have attended and participated in Theater of War performances and discussions.

Go to Outside the Wire's website outsidethewirellc.com to find more information about the project, watch a short video of a performance, and find out about recent and upcoming performances.