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Bryan Doerries.


DE PERE, Wis. - How early forms of theater can be employed in effective ways today will be the topic of a lecture this week by Bryan Doerries, co-founder of the “Theater of War” project.

The concept has been used in multiple ways in many places and earning wider attention.

Doerries will appear at St. Norbert College as part of the 2017-18 Killeen Chair of Theology and Philosophy lecture series.

He will give a lecture on “Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Walter Theatre of Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts at 123 Grant St. The lecture is free and open to the public.

According to a press release: Doerries will describe his work bringing Greek tragedies to war-weary U.S. Marines, neighborhoods ravaged by gun violence and crime, and to cities that have been visited by civil unrest after police violence. By describing his work, Doerries will argue that suffering and healing are part of a timeless process in which dialogue and empathy are inextricably linked.

Doerries is co-founder and artistic director of Theater of War Productions. He is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, translator and a self-described evangelist for classical literature and its relevance to our lives today. For the past ten years, Doerries has been directing readings of ancient plays featuring renowned actors in unlikely places, such as military bases, prisons, housing projects and homeless shelters. His aim is to use these more modern settings for ancient plays as a catalyst for transformative, healing dialogue about the impact of violence and war upon individuals, families and communities.

One of the participating professional actors in “Theater of War” is Chris Henry Coffey, a native of this area and West De Pere High School graduate (1985). Last summer, he shared his thoughts on his experiences as Theater of War visited military bases in South Korea. The link to the story: http://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-ancient-play-brought-to-new-fronts/749910553.

According to the press release: The Killeen Chair is named after the late Rev. Sylvester Killeen, the second abbot of St. Norbert Abbey and chancellor of the college. Established in 1984, the Killeen Chair of Theology and Philosophy aims to bring well-known scholars of theology and philosophy, and their work, to the St. Norbert campus. The programs sponsored by the Killen Chair, including the annual lecture series, are designed to keep the St. Norbert College community and northeast Wisconsin abreast of current scholarship on the theological and philosophical issues of the present era.

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