Theater of War: Frontline Performance

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Theater of War for Frontline Medical Providers is an innovative project that presents dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of scenes from ancient Greek plays to help nurses, doctors, EMS, first responders, administrators, and other heath care providers engage in healing, constructive discussions about the unique challenges and stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic. This event will use Sophocles’ Philoctetes and Women of Trachis 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.

This event is hosted by Montefiore Health System. We are proud to open this event up to public, to bring the broader community impacted by COVID-19 and concerned citizens into dialogue with frontline medical providers.

Featuring performances  by Kathryn Erbe, Marjolaine Goldsmith, Frankie Faison, and David Strathairn.

Translated and directed, and facilitated by Bryan Doerries.

The event Zoom link will be distributed and available to registered attendees starting 2 days prior to the event.

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. During the discussion, please raise your hand using the button at the bottom center of the screen. If called upon, you will be promoted to speak and you will be visible and heard by the entire audience for the duration of your comments. If you would prefer not to be seen, please disable your video when entering the event.

This event is part of the Theater of War for Frontline Medical Providers initiative, a collaboration between Theater of War Productions, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute Of Bioethics and the Johns Hopkins Program in the Arts, Humanities & Health, supported by the Laurie M Tisch Illumination Fund, to address the impact of COVID-19, to help nurses doctors, EMS professionals, first responders, and other health care providers engage in healing, constructive discussions about themes such as burnout, personal risk, guilt, betrayal, loss, and moral distress in order to foster connection, community, resilience, and positive action.