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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 on Oct. 26 from 8 - 10 pm EDT as a special event during ACEP21. Available for In-Person and At-Home ACEP21 attendees and to anyone who wants to join.

If you are not registered for ACEP21 and want to join, please fill out the form below. If you are registered for ACEP21, you can add it to your schedule in the ACEP21 Mobile App or in the ACEP21 Schedule Planner.

*It is a one-time-only, live performance.

Translated and directed, and facilitated by Bryan Doerries


Theater of War is supported in part by the following companies.

FirstNet built with AT&T

NORCAL Group | part of ProAssurance

Nym Health

Pfizer, Inc.

US Acute Care Solutions