A group of Randolph classicists, Greek Players, and friends took part in a powerful experience today as civilians, military family members, cadets, and veterans across generations (including WWII) shared their responses to Bryan Doerries’ Theater of War at VMI. The project is described on its website as follows:
Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes to military communities across the United States. These ancient plays timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war. By presenting these plays to military audiences, our hope is to de-stigmatize psychological injury and open a safe space for dialogue about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, and their caregivers and families.
Bryan Doerries (a native Virginian!) was the 2010 Randolph College Philip Thayer Memorial Lecturer. Last spring, a small group of Randolph students were privileged to be present for the first ever “Female Ajax,” performed at Fort Eustis.