Ancient Tragedies and Modern Lessons (audio)

Thanks to the generous support of the Amazon Literary Partnership, you can revisit six of our most popular programs from #BKBF 2017. Below: 3 of 6!


Theater of War, presented by Brooklyn Public Library
What do ancient Greek tragedies about violence and war have to say to veterans and their communities today? New York City Public Artist in Residence Bryan Doerries advocates for theater as a safe way to start difficult conversations. Actors Amy Ryan (Bridge of Spies, Birdman), Zach Grenier (Fight Club, The Good Wife, Dead Wood) and New York City Council member Jumaane Williams perform short scenes from plays by Sophocles and Euripides, and New York City veterans discuss the power of ancient dramas to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

About the Speakers

Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan is an actress whose credits include TV: The Office, The Wire, M.O.N.Y, Law and Order, Homicide, Chicago Hope and ER. BROADWAY: A Streetcar Named Desire (Tony Award Nomination), The Women (Roundabout Theater), Uncle Vanya (Tony Award Nomination), The Three Sisters (Roundabout Theater) and The Sisters Rosensweig (Lincoln Center Theater). FILM: Win Win, Jack Goes Boating, Gone, Baby Gone (Academy Award nomination, SAG Award Nomination and Golden GlobeNomination), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Dan in Real Life, Capote, War of the Worlds, Storyteller, and You Can Count on Me.

Zach Grenier
Zach Grenier is an actor who has performed on TV, film, on and off Broadway. He has appeared in 33 Variations, A Man For All Seasons on Broadway, Stuff Happens, Woyzeck, Talk Radio at the Public Theatre and the title roles in Uncle Vanya and Tartuffe at Yale Repertory. His film credits include Tommy Boy, Twister, Ride With The Devil, Fight Club and Zodiac. On television, he is a series regular on C16:FBI and Touching Evil and has been featured on Deadwood, 24, and The Good Wife.

Bryan Doerries
Bryan Doerries is a writer, director, and translator. He founded Theater of War, a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to the military community to initiate conversations about the visible and invisible wounds of war. His books include The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today, his translations of Greek tragedies, All That You’ve Seen Here is God and a graphic novel, The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan. In 2017, he was named Public Artist in Residence for NYC, a joint appointment with the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services and Department of Cultural Affairs

Jumaane Williams
Council Member Jumaane D. Williams represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. He was elected in 2009, and re-elected in 2013. Williams currently serves as Deputy Leader of the New York City Council, and chair of the council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings. He is also co-chair of the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, and a founding member of the Progressive Caucus, and is a member of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus. Council Member Williams is an advocate for affordable housing, anti-gun violence measures, fair policing, equity, and social justice.