31 MAY 2017 / The New York Times Produces Theater-of-War-Inspired Readings by Military Veterans

On May 26th, The New York Times published two powerful videos containing readings of Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes by a dozen United States military veterans. The productions were inspired by the work of Theater of War, a Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) grantee.

In the videos, veterans discuss their struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, suicidal thoughts and physical injury, using the plays to provide insight into their own experiences. As veterans read the ancient texts, they reflect on the texts’ poignant description of their experiences with the effects of war today, thousands of years later.

The SNF first supported Theater of War in 2009. In early 2017, the Foundation has provided exclusive support for Bryan Doerries, Founder of Theater of War, to serve as a Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) of New York City, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans’ Services and Cultural Affairs. Furthermore, on Thursday, June 22nd, the SNF will support a performance of Antigone by Theater of War, as part of the Summer Nostos Festival taking place at the SNFCC.

Full Article with both videos

Philoctetes video

Ajax video