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Theater of War : What Ancient Tragedies Can Teach Us Today (Reprint) (Paperback) (Bryan Doerries)

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This is the personal and deeply passionate story of a life devoted to reclaiming the timeless power of an ancient artistic tradition to comfort the afflicted. For years, theater director Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces ancient tragedies for current and returned soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.Drawing on these extraordinary firsthand experiences, Doerries clearly and powerfully illustrates the redemptive and therapeutic potential of this classical, timeless art: how, for example,Ajax can help soldiers and their loved ones better understand and grapple with PTSD, or howPrometheus Bound provides new insights into the modern penal system. These plays are revivified not just in how Doerries applies them to communal problems of today, but in the way he translates them himself from the ancient Greek, deftly and expertly rendering enduring truths in contemporary and striking English. The originality and generosity of Doerries’s work is startling, and The Theater of War—wholly unsentimental, but intensely felt and emotionally engaging—is a humane, knowledgeable, and accessible book that will both inspire and enlighten. Tracing a path that links the personal to the artistic to the social and back again, Doerries shows us how suffering and healing are part of a timeless process in which dialogue and empathy are inextricably linked.

From the Hardcover edition.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 284
Genre: Literary Criticism, Drama, Self Improvement
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Bryan Doerries
Language: English
Street Date: August 23, 2016
TCIN: 51527067
UPC: 9780307949721
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-5274
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