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Outside the Wire, a social impact company, will present a performance of the Theater of War: Soldiers & Citizens Tour in 25 cities throughout the nation over the next two years.

The Theater of War: Soldiers & Citizens Tour presents dramatic readings of Sophocles’ Ajax — an ancient Greek tragedy about the suicide of a great, respected warrior — to diverse military and civilian audiences in order to engage communities in powerful town hall discussions about the visible and invisible wounds of war. The presentations intend to foster understanding and compassion, while mobilizing citizens and resources to help improve the lives of service members, veterans, families, and people in their communities.

Outside the Wire — and its partners the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Massachusetts General Hospital Academy, and Points of Light — are the recent recipients of a generous two-year grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to present the Theater of War: Soldiers & Citizens Tour to National Guard and Reserve units and their communities across the United States, and continue community engagement using a mobile app and Google Hangouts On Air.

Each performance is approximately 90 minutes long. The reading from the play is followed by discussion with panelists from the local civilian and military communities, and a facilitated town-hall style audience discussion.

About Outside the Wire 
Outside the Wire is a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to help communities address pressing public health and social issues, such as combat-related psychological injury, suicide, end of life care, prison reform, natural and manmade disasters, domestic violence, alcohol/substance use and addiction.

For more information about all of our projects, please visit: www.outsidethewirellc.com or www.facebook.com/TheaterOfWar.

About National Council for Mental Wellbeing
The National Council for Mental Wellbeing (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and substance use treatment organizations. Together with our 2,000 + member organizations employing 750,000 staff, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 8 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life.  The National Council pioneered Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and has trained approximately 150,000 individuals to connect youth and adults in need to mental health and addictions care in their communities. www.thenationalcouncil.org/

About Massachusetts General Hospital Academy
For more than 200 years, Massachusetts General Hospital has been a leader in educating health care professionals. Each year, Mass General is recognized for achieving the highest standards in patient care, education, and research, and is listed as the #2 hospital in the country in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013-14 Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. The Massachusetts General Hospital Academy is a division within the hospital dedicated to world-renowned postgraduate education that improves clinical practice and leads to better lives for patients and their families. Since 2005, the Academy has educated thousands of clinicians through comprehensive, sequential, iterative, interactive and innovative educational programs. In addition to extensive education for health care professionals, the Academy has notable experience in public education and its staff includes experts in longitudinal outcomes, audience engagement, web development, educational design, video production, simulation development, and biostatistics. Learn more at www.mghacademy.org.

About Points of Light
As 1 million service members transition out of the military and return home over the next four years, communities nationwide are asking how to help veterans and their families in a meaningful way. Though thousands of nonprofits are engaged, too often these efforts are isolated. The Community Blueprint, a Points of Light initiative, provides an answer – an integrated framework of tools and resources that create a coordinated, comprehensive, and community-wide program.

The Community Blueprint is an initiative housed and managed by Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. Points of Light mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.

For more information:  Sandy Fried, 202.684.7457, sandyf@thenationalcouncil.org

Press Contact: Greg Taubman, Project Coordinator, Theater of War,                                  gtaubman@theater-of-war.com, 718.624.0351