Bryan Doerries: Ancient Healer

Utne Reader visionary

| November-December 2010

Sophocles’ tragedies explore the mental scars of battle. Under a U.S. Defense Department contract, Doerries’ Theater of War brings them to life for modern soldiers and their families to facilitate healing discussions about deep-seated war wounds.


Director Doerries explains the connection he finds between ancient plays about warfare and modern combat operations, and interacts with a military audience after the performance of one of his plays. The Press-Enterprise examines how Doerries’ “Theater of War” invites discussion about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (complete with podcast). Producer Phyllis Kaufman joins Doerries on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Here on Earth to reveal their feelings about the project.

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