Address Pressing EM Issues with the Theater of War

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.

Using plays by Sophocles and other ancient authors to create a vocabulary for discussing themes such as personal risk, death/dying, grief, deviation from standards of care, abandonment, helplessness, and complex ethical decisions, the project aims to foster connection, community, moral resilience, and positive action.

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.

Join us LIVE on Oct. 27 from 7 - 9 pm CDT as a special event during ACEP20 for dramatic readings of Sophocles' Philoctetes and Women of Trachis as a catalyst for a discussion about the impact of Covid-19.

*Due to the personal and emotional nature of this event, it will NOT be recorded and will NOT be available later on the ACEP20 platform. It is a one-time only, live performance.

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

Translated and directed, and facilitated by Bryan Doerries

Featuring performances by -


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Jesse Eisenberg
Kathryn Erbe
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Frankie Faison
David Strathairn