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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.

  • 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