Upcoming Events » Middlesex Community College Presents “Theater of War”

November 30, 2011 11:30 am
November 30, 2011 1:30 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Campus Center at the Bedford Campus
591 Springs Road
Bedford, MA
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Middlesex Community College to present Theater of War.

Middlesex Community College will present Theater of War on Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Theater of War is an innovative project

that presents readings of ancient Greek plays as a catalyst for town-hall discussions

of the challenges faced by service members, veterans and their families, caregivers and communities. The unique production and panel discussion is designed to raise awareness and reduce stigma of the psychological and physical wounds of war.

The Middlesex Community College performance of Theater of War will feature acclaimed actor Reg E. Cathey from HBO’s The Wire and NBC’s 30 Rock.

The performance will be held in the Campus Center at the Bedford Campus, 591 Springs Road, Bedford, MA.  The time is 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. The performance is free and open to the public.

Theater of War is presented as part of Middlesex Community College’s One World Series, an annual speaker series which addresses topics of current interest, and is funded by the Middlesex Student Union Government Association. The Middlesex Community College performance is one of three Theater of War college campus events presented in collaboration with The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.

Theater of War has presented readings of Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States, Europe and Japan. These ancient plays timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war. By presenting these plays to military and civilian audiences, the hope is to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources, and foster greater family, community, and troop resilience.

Each performance is followed by discussion with panelists from the local civilian and military communities, and a town-hall style audience discussion. The production is translated, directed and facilitated by Bryan Doerries, and produced by Phyllis Kaufman.

About Theater of War Productions

Theater of War is a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues. To date, Theater of War Productions has presented 175 performances for military and civilian communities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Over 35,000 service members, veterans, and their families have attended and participated in Theater of War performances and discussions. Visit Theater of War’s website: www.outsidethewirellc.com to find more information about the project, watch a short video of a performance, and find out about recent and upcoming performances. You can also find Theater of War on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheaterofWar

About Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College is one of the largest community colleges in Massachusetts offering more than 75 degree and certificate programs and hundreds of noncredit courses.

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care and support services to service members, veterans and families affected by combat stress, deployment stress, or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); education to clinicians and the community about the “invisible wounds of war;” and research in the understanding and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and TBI.  Home Base is Clinical Advisor to Theater of War. www.homebaseprogram.org/

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