The Redemptive Power of Ancient Stories: Readings and Discussion with Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn, and Bryan Doerries

  • April 16, 2016


Join us for an evening of discussion and dramatic reading with Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actors, Paul Giamatti (Billions, John Adams, Downton Abbey) and David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck, Lincoln).

Giamatti and Strathairn will be performing excerpts from Theater of War, an innovative project (produced by Outside the Wire) that presents readings of ancient Greek tragedies for service members, veterans and their families throughout the world and has started much needed conversations about the visible and invisible wounds of war.

A discussion with Giamatti, Strathairn and author/director Bryan Doerries, who founded Theater of War, will follow the performance. They will share their own experiences engaging service members and their families through this original theater project. As our nation faces an increase in PTSD rates with returning soldiers, what healing lessons can we discover in these ancient Greek tragedies? What can government leaders learn from these classics as they struggle to create new policies and initiatives to adequately address both the physical and psychological injuries of war?

Doerries will also be discussing and signing copies his book The Theater of War and of his newly published original graphic novel, The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan, an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey which captures the timeless experiences of returning veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Location: 92nd Street Y, Buttenwieser Hall
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10128

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Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation with a diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning, and critically acclaimed performances. Giamatti recently wrapped production on Carlo Carlei’s Romeo and Juliet in which he plays Friar Laurence opposite Hailee Steinfeld, Stellan Skarsgard, and Damian Lewis. The film will be released later this year. Giamatti can also be seen in New Line’s adaptation of the Broadway stage musical Rock of Ages, directed by Adam Shankman. The film co-stars Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and Julianne Hough. He also stars in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, co-starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche. Giamatti was seen in The Ides of March, directed by George Clooney and co-starring Ryan Gosling, Clooney, and Evan Rachel Wood. The film received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture–Drama. In television, Giamatti was recently seen in Curtis Hanson’s HBO movie More

David Strathairn

David Strathairn won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and earned nominations from the Academy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and Independent Spirit awards for his compelling portrait of legendary CBS news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney’s Oscar-nominated drama Good Night, and Good Luck and won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in the HBO project Temple Grandin. His 2005 Independent Spirit nomination was the fourth in a stellar career that dates back to his 1980 motion picture debut in John Sayles’s first film, The Return of the Secaucus Seven. Strathairn subsequently collaborated with Sayles on seven titles, winning the IFP honor for his supporting performance in City of Hope, while collecting two additional nominations for Passion Fish and Limbo. His early screen efforts included supporting roles in Mike Nichols’s Silkwood, Fred Schepisi’s Iceman, James Foley’s At Close Range, and Robert M. Young’s Dominick and More

Bryan Doerries

                    Bryan Doerries is a writer, director, and translator. A self-described evangelist for classical literature and its relevance to our lives today, Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal from suffering and loss. He is the founder of Theater of War, a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to service members, veterans, caregivers, and families to help them initiate conversations about the visible and invisible wounds of war. He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Outside the Wire, a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues. His book, The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in September of 2015, along with a volume of his translations of ancient Greek tragedies, entitled All That You’ve More

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