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Over the past ten years, Theater of War Productions has established a roster of over 20 projects, each providing a nuanced approach to pressing public health and social justice issues.

  • Theater of War

    Dramatic Reading of Ajax + Philoctetes, by Sophocles

    Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

    Rooted in discussions about the invisible and visible wounds of war, the company’s hallmark project is designed to increase awareness of psychological health issues, disseminate information on available resources, and foster greater community cohesion.

    Reg E. Cathey plays Ajax in Theater of War photo by Gregg Richards
  • The Tecmessa Project

    Dramatic Reading of Ajax, by Sophocles

    Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

    The Tecmessa Project presents readings of Sophocles’s Ajax, an ancient play about the visible and invisible wounds of war, as the catalyst for discussions focusing on the unique challenges faced by military family members, including couples, children, caregivers, and communities. This project is designed to promote understanding, compassion, and positive action.

    Frances McDormand plays Tecmessa photo by Gregg Richards
  • Domestic Violence Project

    Dramatic Reading of A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams

    Directed by Bryan Doerries

    Addressing the impact of domestic violence on individuals, families, and communities, the Domestic Violence Project premiered in Maine in April 2013 and will be touring all five boroughs of New York City under the current PAIR residency.

    Bryce Pinkham plays Stanley in the Domestic Violence Project
  • Medea

    Dramatic Reading of Medea, by Euripides

    Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

    Medea timelessly depicts how scorned passion can lead to revenge and, sometimes, unthinkable violence. This project, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in June 2016, delves into under-discussed mental health issues that affect women and their families.

    Bill Camp and Elizabeth Marvel photo by Howard Korn
  • The Drum Major Instinct

    Dramatic Reading of The Drum Major Instinct, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Directed by Bryan Doerries

    Composed and Arranged by Phil Woodmore

    Commissioned by BRIC, The Drum Major Instinct engages audiences in dialogue about racism, inequality, and social justice. The performance features a dramatization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final sermon, embodied by prominent actors and supported by a large gospel choir, composed of singers, activists, police officers, and musicians from St. Louis, MO, and Brooklyn, NY.

    John Leggette sings in The Drum Major Instinct photo by Gregg Richards
  • Frederick Douglass

    Directed by Bryan Doerries

    with original music by Phil Woodmore

    Frederick Douglass is a project that presents dramatic readings of Douglass' speeches by professional actors as a catalyst for powerful dialogue about racism, inequality, civil rights, education, and the legal system with the objective of fostering compassion, understanding, and positive action.

    Freedmans Frederick Douglass
  • Antigone in Ferguson

    Dramatic Reading of Antigone, by Sophocles

    Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

    Music Composed By Phil Woodmore

    Antigone in Ferguson is a groundbreaking project that fuses dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of Sophocles’ Antigone with live choral music performed by a diverse choir, including police officers, activists, youth, teachers, and concerned citizens from St. Louis, Missouri and New York City, culminating in powerful, healing discussions about race and social justice. Antigone in Ferguson was conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014, through a collaboration between Theater of War Productions and community members from Ferguson, MO, and premiered at Normandy High School, Michael Brown’s alma mater, in September of 2016.

    De-Rance Blaylock sings in Antigone in Ferguson photo by Gregg Richards
  • Addiction Performance Project

    Dramatic Reading of A Long Day's Journey Into Night, by Eugene O'neill

    Directed by Bryan Doerries

    Designed to raise awareness about opiate addiction and alcohol abuse, the project is intended to promote dialogue about helping those who are struggling with addiction.

  • The Dionysus Project

    Dramatic Reading of The Bacchae, by Euripides

    Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

    The Dionysus Project is an innovative public health project that presents readings of scenes from Euripides' Bacchae, an ancient Greek play about the destructive power of intoxication, as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the impact of substance abuse and addiction upon individuals, families, and communities. The project uses an ancient Greek tragedy, written nearly 2500 years ago, to engage audiences in crucial discussions about the timelessness of the human struggle with substance abuse and addiction, as well as resources and solutions that communities can utilize today.

    Jesse Eisenberg plays Pentheus in The Dionysus Project photo by Wyatt Mason
  • Rum and Vodka

    Dramatic Reading of Rum and Vodka, by Conor Mcpherson

    Directed by Bryan Doerries

    This project presents a one-man Irish play about a 24-year-old whose life is coming apart, due to drinking, in order to provoke discussions about alcoholism and addiction within diverse communities.

    Adam Driver performs in Rum and Vodka
  • Hercules

    Dramatic Reading of Madness of Hercules, by Euripides

    Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

    Drawing from an ancient Greek tragedy about a vicious act of violence committed by an angry man with an invincible weapon, this project aims to generate powerful dialogue between concerned citizens, members of the law enforcement community, victims and perpetrators of gun violence, and the general public.

    Obi Abili plays Hercules photo by Gregg Richards
  • Tape

    Dramatic Reading of Tape, by Stephen Belber

    Directed by Bryan Doerries

    Tape has been developed as a sexual assault awareness and prevention training program that uses dramatic readings of Stephen Belber’s 1999 play to ignite powerful discussions about consent, sexual assault, rape, and power dynamics.

    Military Personnel respond to TAPE
  • Prometheus in Prison

    Dramatic Reading of Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus

    Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

    Prometheus in Prison is an innovative public health project that presents readings of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, an ancient Greek play about god who is imprisoned for stealing fire and giving it to humans, as a catalyst for powerful discussions about the challenges faced by individuals, families, and communities whose lives have been touched by the criminal justice system. For the past decade years, this groundbreaking project has been used to open up healing dialogue in a variety of settings, including prisons, detention centers, and public venues throughout the country and the world.

  • End of Life

    Dramatic Reading of Women of Trachis + Philoctetes, by Sophocles

    Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

    End of Life presents readings of ancient Greek plays in public settings and medical communities as a catalyst for facilitated discussions about challenges faced by patients, families, and health professionals today around end of life care. This unique, participatory event is intended to promote powerful, open discussion among diverse communities - public and professional - fostering compassion, cooperation, and understanding about living with chronic suffering and the mortality we all share.

    Frances McDormand
  • King Lear Project

    Dramatic Reading of King Lear, by William Shakespeare

    Adapted and Directed by Bryan Doerries

    The King Lear Project presents streamlined readings of scenes from Shakespeare’s King Lear to engage diverse audiences, including the elderly, their families, and caregivers, in open, healing, constructive discussions about the challenges of aging, dementia, and caring for senior citizens.

    Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, and Kathryn Erbe photo by Gregg Richards
  • Theater of War for Medical Communities

    Dramatic Reading of Ajax, by Sophocles

    Translated, Directed, and Facilitated by Bryan Doerries

    Theater of War: Ajax, has been presented to professional medical communitiesto spark candid dialogue and reflection about the unique challenges andstressors faced by medical students and professionals, as well as the lasting impact of physician suicides upon individuals, institutions, and

    communities.

    Tow Medical Highlight
  • Theater of Law

    Dramatic Reading of Eumenides, by Aeschylus

    Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

    A Collaboration with The Forum on Law, Culture, & Society at NYU School of Law

    Developed with New York University’s Forum on Law, Culture, & Society, and designed as a professional development program for legal professionals, as well as for the general public, Theater of Law drives conversations about moral justice in the court system. The project is aimed at engaging audiences who have in some way been disenfranchised by the law in constructive, powerful dialogue.

    Reg E. Cathey playing Apollo in Theater of Law
  • Acts of Violence

    Dramatic Reading of Thyestes, by Seneca

    Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

    Acts of Violence presents scenes from Seneca's Thyestes, a Roman tragedy that was written during the gruesome reign of Nero, as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the impact of political violence upon individuals, families, caregivers, health and human rights advocates, communities, and nations.

    Bill Camp
  • Book of Job

    Dramatic Reading of The Book of Job, by Translated by Stephen Mitchell

    Directed and Adapted by Bryan Doerries

    Developed in collaboration with PopTech, The Book of Job was created to promote healing dialogue within the community of Joplin, which was devastated by a tornado in May 2011. The project has since been presented all over the country and the world, from New York City (Hurricane Sandy), to Pascagoula, MS (10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina), to Japan (Fukushima)

    Paul Giamatti, Arliss Howard, and Bryan Doerries in Joplin, MO photo by Wyatt Mason
  • The Tohoku Project

    Dramatic Reading of Sumidagawa, by Kanze Motomasa

    Directed and Adapted by Bryan Doerries

    Facilitated by Setsu Hanasaki

    Translated by Nao Suzuki

    Developed in collaboration with the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University and Setagaya Public Theatre

    The Tohoku Project: Sumidagawa presents powerful dramatic readings by professional actors of Sumidagawa, a Noh play from the early 15th Century that timelessly depicts the unique challenges faced by parents in the wake of unimaginable disaster. Each reading is followed by the responses of community panelists, culminating in a lively, facilitated audience discussion. This interactive event promotes healthy, constructive dialogue about the lasting impact of the Tohoku disaster upon individuals, families, and communities—fostering compassion, understanding, awareness, and positive action.

    Tohoku Project