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Address Pressing EM Issues with the Theater of War

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Theater of War for the Emergency Medicine Community is an innovative project that presents dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of scenes from ancient Greek plays to help emergency physicians and other healthcare professionals engage in healing, constructive discussions about the unique challenges and stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After rave reviews of the event at ACEP20, a second, new FREE performance has been scheduled for the emergency medicine community.


Theater of War: AJAX
December 2, 2020 | 7 - 9 pm CST
Free, but registration is required

This event will present scenes from Sophocles' Ajax to create a vocabulary for discussing themes such as burnout, betrayal, personal risk, loss, moral distress, suicide, depression, shame, and working in a complex hierarchy.

Sophocles’ Ajax tells the story of a fierce warrior who slips into a depression near the end of The Trojan War, after losing his best friend, Achilles. Feeling betrayed, Ajax attempts to murder his commanding officers, fails, and - ultimately - takes his own life.

The play tells the story of the events leading up to Ajax’ suicide, as well as the story of his wife and troops’ attempt to intervene before it's too late. The play also depicts the devastating impact of Ajax’ suicide upon his wife, son, brother, troops, and chain of command.

Featuring performances by -

  • Nyasha Hatendi
  • Amy Ryan
  • David Strathairn

All of Theater of War Productions' events follow the same format:

  • The actors will read the play.
  • Four community panelists will kick off the discussion with their gut responses to what resonated with them across time.
  • We will open the discussion to the audience, facilitated by Bryan Doerries.

Translated and directed, and facilitated by Bryan Doerries


Additional Resource: Minding the Mind of EMS Part I - EMSworld.com article

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