Conference March 22-24, 2012 • 3222 Angell Hall

Outside the Wire presents 'Theater of War'

Kahn Auditorium

7:00–9:00 PM, March 23
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Michigan Theater

7:00–9:00 PM, March 24
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ANN ARBOR (02/07/2012) – Outside the Wire, LLC, a social impact company, will present two performances of Theater of War in Ann Arbor on March 23rd (Kahn Auditorium) and March 24th (Michigan Theater) from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, hosted by the University of Michigan and the 'Our Ancient Wars' Conference.

Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States, Europe and Japan. These ancient plays timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war. By presenting these plays to military and civilian audiences, the hope is to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources, and foster greater family, community, and troop resilience. 

Each performance is approximately 2 hours long. The readings from the plays are followed by discussion with panelists from the local civilian and military communities, and a facilitated town-hall style audience discussion.

Translated, Directed & Facilitated by Bryan Doerries, and Produced by Phyllis Kaufman.

About Outside the Wire, LLC                 
Outside the Wire, LLC, is a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues, such as combat-related psychological injury, end of life care, prison reform, political violence and torture, and the de-stigmatization of the treatment of substance abuse and addiction.

To date, there have been nearly 200 performances of Theater of War for military and civilian communities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Over 40,000 service members, veterans, and their families have attended and participated in Theater of War performances and discussions.

Visit Outside the Wire’s website: www.outsidethewirellc.com to find more information about the project, watch a short video of a performance, and find out about recent and upcoming performances. You can also find Theater of War on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheaterofWar


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SPONSORED BY Contexts for Classics; the Department of Comparative Literature's Year of Anachronism; the Departments of American Culture, Classical Studies, English, German Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology; the Independent Program in Greek and Roman History; the War Studies Group; the Law School’s Center for International & Comparative Law; the Student Veterans Assistance Program; the Institute for the Humanities; the International Institute; the Residential College; the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; the Rackham School of Graduate Studies; the Office of the Vice Provost for Research; Classical Traditions Initiative at Northwestern.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Kaus, Department of Defense
Outside the WireUniversity of Michigan