Theater of War


January 18, 2012 In the Owen
Approximate running time: 2 hours

Goodman Theatre and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Association with Theater of War Present

A Dramatic Reading of Scenes from
Sophocles' AJAX—The Female Warrior Program

Translated by Bryan Doerries
Directed by Tara Mallen
Produced by Phyllis Kaufman

Through highlighting the impact of combat on female service members, this dramatic reading of Sophocles' Ajax—with a woman in the title role—uses the classic play to illuminate the modern military experience. Powerful and timeless in its themes, the reading ignites conversation about the dignity and honor of service—but also the injury, both physical and psychological. An in-depth discussion immediately follows the presentation, featuring a panel of military community members, as well as town hall style audience participation.

Theater of War, an innovative public health project, presents readings from Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes across the country. By presenting these plays to military and civilian audiences, our hope is to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources and foster greater family, community and troop resilience. For more information about Theater of War, visit or email . You can also find Theater of War on

Tickets are FREE but reservations are required; call the Goodman box office at 312.443.3800 to reserve your seats.

Theater of War will also be presented at the National Veterans Art Museum on January 25, 2012 at 7pm. To reserve tickets for that date, please visit or call Rivendell's box office at773.334.7728.

In bringing Theater of War to Chicago, we hope to generate compassion and understanding among diverse audiences of military and civilian backgrounds. Below are some local organizations that provide resources to the military community, as well as opportunities to get involved.

Please click on this link to see information about National Organizations:

Department of Veterans Affairs - Chicago VA Medical Centers
The Lovell and Jesse Brown VA Medical Centers provide a range of medical, mental health, and social services to veterans and their families. Volunteers can perform a number of services, and a volunteer's talents are closely matched with one of many assignments.

Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Center (VA Medical Center)
Learn More
How to Help

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Learn More
How to Help

Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs assists veterans and their dependents and survivors in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to under the laws of the United States, and the State of Illinois. Learn More

American Veterans for Equal Rights, Chicago Chapter
AVER is a non-profit, chapter-based association of active, reserve and veteran service members dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Learn More

Chicago Veterans
Chicago Veterans is a network of Chicago area experts who assist veterans with issues involving employment, physical and mental health, housing, legal and financial management.
Learn More
How to Help

Honor Flight Chicago
Honor Flight Chicago was founded to recognize veterans - most specifically WWII veterans - with a day of honor, remembrance and celebration.
Learn More
How to Help

Illinois Veterans' Home
The Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy provides economical and quality long-term care for veterans and their spouses, including domiciliary care, intermediate care, and skilled care.
Learn More

Leave No Veteran Behind
LNVB provides retroactive scholarships to relieve the educational debt of veterans who are serving or have served in the United States Military.
Learn More

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans is a transitional living facility that provides assistance to U.S. veterans of any era.
Learn More
How to Help

Montford Point Marine Association
The MPMA is a military veteran's organization, founded to memorialize the legacy of the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps.
Learn More

Clinical Advisor to Theater of War:
Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care and support services to New England area veterans of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, who experience combat stress and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI); counseling for families including parents and children of service members and veterans; education for clinicians and other community members; and research in the understanding and treatment of PTSD and TBI.
Learn More


Music Institute of Chicago's Therapy through the Arts' Oak Tree Project
Operation Oak Tree is ITA's programming for military children and families throughout the cycle of deployment. Its mission is to empower individual expression in order to foster personal growth, deepen interpersonal roots between and among family members, strengthen coping strategies so that families may more easily weather challenges inherent in each season of the cycle and to make it easy for families to branch out into their communities for support.
Learn More



Sponsors Become a Sponsor

Theatre of War Sponsors