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Theater of War: Scotland

Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

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

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Thu, May 19.2022

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Theater of War is an innovative public health project that presents readings of scenes from ancient Greek plays—Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes—as a catalyst for guided discussions about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, and their families. Using Sophocles’ plays to forge a common vocabulary for openly discussing the visible and invisible wounds of war, these events are aimed at generating compassion and understanding between diverse audiences.

Co-presented by Theater of War Productions, Bravehound, and University of St. Andrews.

Support for our digital programming is provided, in part, by the Mellon Foundation.

Featuring performances by Lesley Sharp, (Afterlife), David Strathairn (Nomadland) and Nyasha Hatendi (Alex Rider) and Bill Camp (The Queen's Gambit).

Theater of War: Scotland will take place on Zoom Webinar and can be accessed on personal devices. The event Zoom link will be distributed via email and available to registered attendees starting two 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. During the discussion, please raise your hand using the button at the bottom center of the screen. If called upon, please accept the invitation to 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.

About the plays

  • Ajax by Sophocles

    Sophocles’ Ajax tells the story of a fierce warrior who slips into a depression near the end of The Trojan War, after losing his best friend, Achilles. Feeling betrayed, Ajax attempts to murder his commanding officers, fails, and—ultimately—takes his own life. The play tells the story of the events leading up to Ajax’ suicide, as well as the story of his wife and troops’ attempt to intervene before it's too late. The play also depicts the devastating impact of Ajax’ suicide upon his wife, son, brother, troops, and chain of command.

  • Philoctetes by Sophocles

    Sophocles’ Philoctetes tells the story of decorated warrior who is abandoned on a deserted island because of mysterious chronic illness that he contracts on the way to the Trojan War. Nine years later, the Greeks learn from an oracle that in order to win the war they must rescue him from island. When they finally come for him, the wounded warrior must overcome nine long years of festering resentment and shame in order to accept help from the very men who betrayed him.

Cast Members

  • David Strathairn Headshot

    David Strathairn

  • Lesley Sharp Headshot

    Lesley Sharp

  • Nyasha Hatendi Headshot

    Nyasha Hatendi

  • Bill Camp Headshot

    Bill Camp

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