Theatre of War - End of Life

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Theatre of War - End of Life

A special MEDICAL CENTER HOUR program was presented twice, bringing classic Greek Drama to life for Medical and Nursing Students as well as End of Life Care Givers and the local community.

Theatre of War - End of Life

Theatre of War :: End of Life

  • Thursday evening, 24 Feb, 7:00-9:30 pm
  • Friday morning, 25 Feb, 9:00am
  • McLeod Hall auditorium (School of Nursing)
  • free parking in garage underneath McLeod Hall.


Adapted from the highly successful Theater of War project, developed by New York classist/director Bryan Doerries (and produced at UVA in Sept 2009), END OF LIFE consists of dramatic readings from two of Sophocles’ tragedies:

  • Philoctetes
  • The Women of Trachis.


Theatre of War Actors
Brought to life by local actors (prepared by UVA drama professor Betsy Tucker), the scenes explore the experience of suffering—and of witnessing and responding to suffering, especially at the end of life.

There was wonderful and personal stories told in response; and then the  audience commented and discussed of the drama and its implications for us today, as professional and family caregivers for persons who are ill and dying.

The discussion was lively, person, and hopeful -- led by Bryan Doerries.  As this presentation travels to other cities and war zones and univeristy schools of medicine and nursing, we highly recommend you attend.


Marcia Day Childress, Ph.D. for more information
Associate Professor of Medical Education and Director, Programs in Humanities