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The Wound Dresser

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This special collaboration between Theater of War Productions, Community Building Art Works, and the PBS series Poetry in America will present live readings from Walt Whitman’s poem “The Wound-Dresser,” which centers on the poet's experience caring for Civil War veterans, as a catalyst for a powerful, guided discussion about the poem’s enduring relevance today. The event will also feature clips from Poetry in America’s recent episode on “The Wound-Dresser,” as well as live responses from a group of veterans and caregivers, to help frame crucial dialogue between diverse communities about the challenges of healing wounds—both visible and invisible—at this critical moment in our nation’s history.

Live readings by actors David Strathairn (Nomadland), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld), Craig Manbauman (Poet, Nurse, United States Air Force Veteran), Maj. (Ret.) Belena Stuart Marquez (United States Air Force Veteran), and COL (Ret.) Gregory D. Gadson (Battleship).

Facilitated by Bryan Doerries & Seema Reza

Introduced by Elisa New

Produced by Marjolaine Goldsmith

The event Zoom link will be distributed via email and available to registered attendees starting 2 days prior to the event.

This event will be captioned in English.

All of Theater of War Productions' events follow the same format:

  • The performers will read the text.
  • Community panelists will kick off the discussion with their gut responses to what resonated with them across time
  • We will open the discussion to the audience, facilitated by Bryan Doerries and Seema Reza. During the discussion, please raise your hand using the button at the bottom center of the screen. If called upon, you will be promoted to speak and you will be visible and heard by the entire audience for the duration of your comments. If you would prefer not to be seen, please disable your video.
I am faithful, I do not give out,
The fractur’d thigh, the knee, the wound in the abdomen,
These and more I dress with impassive hand, (yet deep in my breast a fire, a burning flame.)
The Wound-Dresser by Walt Whitman

Cast Members

  • David Strathairn Headshot

    David Strathairn

  • Jeffrey Wright Headshot

    Jeffrey Wright

  • Craig Manbauman Headshot

    Craig Manbauman

  • Belena Stuart Marquez Headshot

    Belena Stuart Marquez

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