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Acadia Supporting Theater of War Presentation November 12.

Posted: 11/06/2015

The Bangor Opera House
Sponsored by the University of Maine Humanities Center in partnership with the Maine Infantry Foundation, Maine Masonic College,
Acadia Hospital and the Penobscot Theatre Company
Bangor, ME – Outside the Wire, a social impact company, will present a performance of “Theater of War” at the Bangor Opera House at 131 Main Street from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 12.
“Theater of War” is an innovative public health project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays, Sophocles' “Ajax” and “Philoctetes,” as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, their families, caregivers and communities.
Using Sophocles' plays to forge a common vocabulary for openly discussing the visible and invisible wounds of war on individuals, families and communities, these events aim to foster understanding and compassion, while mobilizing citizens and resources to help improve the lives of service members, veterans, their families and people in their communities.
The presentation is about two hours long. The reading from the play will be followed by a discussion with panelists from the community and a facilitated town-hall style audience discussion.
The event will be directed and facilitated by Bryan Doerries, who also translated the script, and produced by Phyllis Kaufman. Featuring performers Tate Donovan and Sally Wood.
Tickets are free of charge, but seating is limited. Reserve tickets by emailing theaterofwar@penobscottheatre.org or calling the box office at 942-3333.
The five major sponsors are joined by five additional UMaine departments and units, as well as other nonprofit organizations and individuals to make this event open to the public at no charge.
A free bus will transport University of Maine students between Orono and the Bangor Opera House for the performance. For more information about transportation, contact Liam Riordan, director of the University of Maine Humanities Center at riordan@umit.maine.edu, 581-1913.
About Outside the Wire   
Outside the Wire is a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues, such as combat-related psychological injury, end of life care, prison reform, political violence and torture, and the de-stigmatization of the treatment of substance abuse and addiction.
To date, there have been over 300 performances of “Theater of War” for military and civilian communities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Over 60,000 service members, veterans, and their families have attended and participated in “Theater of War” performances and discussions.
Visit Outside the Wire’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 the UMaine Humanities Center
The University of Maine Humanities Center enriches our state by advancing the research, teaching and community engagement of UMaine faculty and students. We seek to foster deeper exchange and cooperation among campus and community partners. For more information, visit the center’s Facebook page or website: umaine.edu/umhc.
Press Contact:  Lio Sigerson, Project Coordinator, “Theater of War”
                              lsigerson@theater-of-war.com / 718-624-0351
                              Liam Riordan, Director, University of Maine Humanities Center
                              riordan@umit.maine.edu / 207-581-1913

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