The Theater of War
What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us TodayBook - 2015
This is the personal and deeply passionate story of a life devoted to reclaiming the timeless power of an ancient artistic tradition to comfort the afflicted. For years, theater director Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces ancient tragedies for current and returned soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.
Drawing on these extraordinary firsthand experiences, Doerries clearly and powerfully illustrates the redemptive and therapeutic potential of this classical, timeless art: how, for example, Ajax can help soldiers and their loved ones better understand and grapple with PTSD, or how Prometheus Bound provides new insights into the modern penal system. These plays are revivified not just in how Doerries applies them to communal problems of today, but in the way he translates them himself from the ancient Greek, deftly and expertly rendering enduring truths in contemporary and striking English.
The originality and generosity of Doerries’s work is startling, and The Theater of War—wholly unsentimental, but intensely felt and emotionally engaging—is a humane, knowledgeable, and accessible book that will both inspire and enlighten. Tracing a path that links the personal to the artistic to the social and back again, Doerries shows us how suffering and healing are part of a timeless process in which dialogue and empathy are inextricably linked.
Baker & Taylor
Draws on the celebrated director's work to evaluate the therapeutic potential of the ancient artistic tradition of socially conscious theater, demonstrating how audiences who have suffered from PTSD and other traumas have benefited from its messages and empathetic style.
Shares how the ancient tragedies can be used to provide new insight and understanding of today's world from the use of "Ajax" to explain PTSD and its side effects to soldiers and their loved ones to the observations on the modern penal system that "Prometheus Bound" provides.