Translator and theater director Bryan Doerries describes how he has used ancient Greek tragedies to disrupt hierarchies and create a space for members of the military “to tell their truths of the experiences of war.” Drama can help people suffer openly and communally, sharing the burden of war memories across a community.
Healing the Invisible Wounds of War with Greek Tragedy
BRYAN DOERRIES is the founder of Theater of War, a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to military and civilian communities to help initiate conversations about the wounds of war. He is the author of “The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today” (Knopf, 2015), “All That You’ve Seen Here Is God: New Versions of Four Greek Tragedies” (Vintage, 2015), and “The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan” (Pantheon, 2016).
Bryan Doerries; Healing the Invisible Wounds of War with Greek Tragedy. World Policy Journal 1 September 2016; 33 (3): 54–64. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07402775-3712969
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