What do ancient Greek tragedies about violence and war have to say to veterans and their communities today? And can theater be a tool for bridging what divides our city and our nation? That’s what New York City Public Artist in Residence Bryan Doerries and his company Theater of War Productions are currently exploring with diverse audiences across all five boroughs through an expansive two-year partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, the Department of Veterans' Services, and Department of Cultural Affairs. In this session, which will include performances of short scenes from plays by Sophocles and Euripides, we’ll hear from Doerries, the actors Amy Ryan (Bridge of Spies, Birdman), Zach Grenier (Fight Club, The Good Wife, Dead Wood), City Councilman Jumaane Williams, and veteran airman Craig Manbauman about the power of ancient dramas to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

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