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Monday night war came to the Post Theater in Fort Tilden ---
the Trojan War of Greek mythology, which some historians claim is based on a
real war around 1184 BC when there are signs the site of Troy was burned. In
the 5th century – around 440 BCE, Greek general Sophocles wrote a series
of tragedies, one of which was about Ajax, a mythic warrior of great strength,
who, suffering from the internal and external ravages of war, committed suicide.
The play may be our earliest evidence that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) has existed in various forms since the dawn of war, which unfortunately
may correspond with the dawn of mankind. That the strongest warrior succumbs to
internal disorder is a major lesson. Sophocles was a Greek general (elected by
the way) writing in the midst of a war that was already 80 years old, so his
writing tragedies based on ancient wars, not the one he was fighting at the
time, may be a sign of his attempt to relieve his own PTSD and that of his
Theater of War (TOW) is a public health project designed to
use readings from ancient Greek plays to spark conversations about the impact
of wars on the lives of veterans, their families and their communities. TOW
goes on tours throughout the nation and the world with a team of actors who
read a short section of a relevant play that then sparks the audience to engage
in a dialogue that ties the lessons of millenniums to today’s events.
Monday night’s well-attended event at the RTC was
co-sponsored by the NYC Department of Veterans’Services and Department of Cultural Affairs. Bryan Doerries, the
artistic director of TOW Productions, has worked with RTC’s Susan Jasper to
bring TOW to Rockaway for the past two years and will be taking the Production
to 60 venues around the city.
Bryan emceed Monday night’s event which included actors Alex
Morf, Amy Ryan and Chris Henry Coffey. (I was thrilled to be able to tell Amy
how much I loved her as Beaddie Russell in The Wire). After the actors perform
their piece, they join the audience while a selected panel takes the stage to
open the discussion, followed by audience participation, which often goes deep
into the issues facing veterans.
What didn’t come up is the ravages of war on society in
general. One takeaway of going back 3000 to 2500 years to talk about war is
that war has always been with us and, sadly, always will be.
Going to a Theater of War event should not be missed. Go to www.theaterofwar.com to check on future
productions. Bryan Doerries’ book, The
Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today is
published by Alfred A. Knopf.