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Theater of War Frontline: SNF Bioethics Academy Workshop

Translated, Directed, and Facilitated by Bryan Doerries

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Mon, Nov 01.2021

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Theater of War Frontline is an innovative project that presents dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of scenes from ancient Greek plays for audiences of frontline medical professionals to open up powerful dialogue about difficult subjects, fostering a sense of connection and promoting health-seeking behavior. By presenting ancient plays to nurses, EMTs, respiratory therapists, doctors, and the frontline community about emotionally-charged, ethically complex situations, Theater of War Frontline aims to create a brave space for open, candid dialogue and reflection, fostering compassion, a renewed sense of community, and positive action.

About the play

  • Women of Trachis by Sophocles

    Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, tells the story of Heracles—the strongest of all Greek heroes—who has been unintentionally poisoned by his wife, Deineira, after she discovers that he has fallen in love with a younger woman. In an attempt to win back her husband’s affection mistakes a lethal toxin, which was given to her by a dying centaur years ago for a love potion. Deineira sends him a robe dipped in the liquid. When Heracles puts on the robe it immediately eats through his skin, muscle tissue, down through his bones to the marrow. Heracles falls to the ground, clutching his sides, crying out in pain, calling for his teenage son, Hyllus, to come to his aid and to help him put an end to the seemingly endless waves of pain.

Cast Members

  • Nyasha Hatendi Headshot

    Nyasha Hatendi

  • David Denman Headshot

    David Denman

  • Marjolaine Goldsmith Headshot

    Marjolaine Goldsmith

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