Tuesday December 22, 2015
Using Greek Tragedies to help veterans open up about battlefield trauma and guilt
Ajax, by the ancient Greek dramatist Sophocles, has been finding new audiences and new life lately. Ajax, as with other Greek tragedies, is the story of a warrior, and even today, it speaks to military veterans, and the families of veterans, who are suffering.
Bryan Doerries had the idea to start staging Greek tragedies inside military academies, theaters and hospitals around the United States. Now he's telling the story of what happened at these events in his new book, "The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today."
I think the purpose of watching these plays is to wake us up to the possibility of our own agency. To the possibility of making a decision that might avert disaster." - Bryan Doerries
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.