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 to engage communities in powerful town hall discussions about the visible and invisible wounds of war. The presentations are intended to foster understanding and compassion, while mobilizing citizens and resources to help improve the lives of service members, veterans, their families, and people in their communities. They also provide a list of national resources at each performance.
Outside the Wire, and its partners Massachusetts General Hospital Academy, National Council for Behavioral Health, 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.
Submit Your Resources and Stories for the Theater of War Mobile App: Make your organization’s resources more accessible to service members, veterans and their families, and help each service member overcome the hidden wounds of war through sharing stories of their struggles and resiliency.
There are no upcoming performances at this time.
Professional actors perform the theatrical reading for each Theater of War performance. The actors for each performance are listed on the particular event’s Cast Flyer. The following are examples of professional actors who have participated in Theater of War:
The Bourne Ultimatum
Good Night, and Good Luck
The Good Wife
Sex and the City
The School of Rock
The Great Gatsby
The National Council for Behavioral Health is pleased to work with the following organizations on the Theater of War initiative. Check out our resources for supporting veterans, including Mental Health First Aid for Veterans and the Serving Our Veterans Behavioral Health Certificate.
Massachusetts General Hospital Academy is dedicated to providing postgraduate education that improves clinical practice and leads to better lives for patients and their families. From the War Zone to the Home Front: Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans and Families is a free, online training series that helps community healthcare professionals recognize and address the challenges faced by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.
Points of Light (POL) connects people to their power to make a meaningful difference by providing access to tools, resources, and opportunities to volunteer. POL’s military initiatives create and implement programs that engage and support service members, veterans, and their families. The Community Blueprint is a set of tools and practices that provide a framework for communities to produce positive, measurable outcomes for veterans, military members, and their families.
Other RESOURCES & WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
HOSPITAL ACADEMY (Partner)
MGH Academy is dedicated to providing postgraduate
education that improves clinical practice and leads to
better lives for patients and their families.
Hospital Academy Resources:
From the War Zone to the Home Front: Supporting the
Mental Health of Veterans and Families
FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (Partner)
The National Council for Behavioral Health is committed to
ensuring that all Americans have access to
comprehensive, high-quality care for mental health and
substance use disorders.
National Council Resources:
Mental Health First Aid
Find a Behavioral Health Provider
“Find a Provider” link is on the right side in the middle of
Veterans Behavioral Health Certificate
Customer Support Phone: 1-800-381-2321
POINTS OF LIGHT (Partner)
POL connects people to their power to make a meaningful
difference by providing access to tools, resources, and
opportunities to volunteer.
Points of Light Resources:
Points of Light Military Initiatives
POL’s military initiatives create and implement programs that
engage and support service members, veterans, and their
Points of Light Community Blueprint
The Community Blueprint is a set of tools and practices that
provide a framework for communities to produce positive,
measurable outcomes for veterans, military members, and
American Corporate Partners (ACP)
A nationwide mentoring program to help veterans transition
from armed services to the civilian workforce.
America’s Heroes at Work
A Dept. of Labor project that addresses employment
challenges of veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and/or
Provides training and information to spouses and family
Blue Star Families
BSF supports, connects, and empowers military families by
connecting them to support and service organizations that
strive to make military life more sustainable. bluestarfam.org/
Department of Veterans Affairs and Vet Centers
Provides a range of health-care benefits and services to
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Develops and promotes employer support for members of the
Guard and Reserve.
Give An Hour
A nonprofit organization providing free mental health
services to US military personnel and families affected by
the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Helmets to Hardhats
Helmets to Hardhats connects men and women from the
Armed Forces with promising building and construction
Hire Heroes USA
Provides career placement assistance to returning
Developed by veterans for veterans to assist in the
transition from military service to civilian careers.
Hiring Our Heroes
A nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning
service members, and military spouses find meaningful
A national initiative founded by First Lady Michelle Obama
and Dr. Jill Biden, that engages all sectors of society to
provide service members and their families with
opportunities and support.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (continued):
Military Child Education Coalition
MCEC identifies the challenges facing military children, and
initiates and implements programs in military and
educational communities to meet those challenges.
A confidential Department of Defense-funded program
providing comprehensive information on every aspect of
military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve
component members, and their families.
The Mission Continues
Connects veterans with non-profit organizations and community
service projects so they can contribute to the U.S. after their
military service has ended.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)
An assistance center that provides housing, health services,
jobs, and more to hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans
National Guard Family Program
Provides support for National Guard families, including children
National Military Family Association
Provides resources and support for families of military service
Provides emergency financial and other assistance to the
families of service members and wounded warriors.
The Soldier’s Project
Free, confidential psychological counseling for military service
members and their families.
Student Veterans Association
A nonprofit organization that connects student veterans across
Syracuse University Institute
For Veterans and Military Families
The IVMF leverages the intellectual, programmatic and human
capital resources of higher education in support of the postservice
life course of the nation’s veterans and military
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma
resources, casework assistance and connections to communitybased
care to those grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America.
United Service Organizations (USO)
Supports the military community by providing morale, welfare,
and recreations-type services to military service men and
women, and their families.
U.S. Dept. of Defense Sexual Assault & Prevention
Develops and Implements innovative prevention and response
Unite US connects veterans, servicemembers, and their families
with resources in their local communities.
Vets 4 Vets
Uses peer support to help Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans heal
from psychological injuries.
Transitioning from military to civilian life presents
unique challenges. To make things easier and provide structure,
a few of the leading organizations in veteran career
development have combined forces to create one, easy place to
Vets Prevail provides online mental health resources including
with e-learning opportunities and peer support for veterans.
WWP provides programs and services to meet the needs of
injured service members.
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program
Provides information, services, referral, and proactive
outreach programs to soldiers of the Army Reserve and their
families throughout the deployment cycle.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255), press “1”
Defense Centers of Excellence Outreach Center
National Veteran Hotline
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
VA Caregiver Support Line
Vets 4 Warriors Peer Support Line
Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline
Wounded Warrior Resource Center
DOD Sexual Assault Response Office Safe Helpline
Deployment Health Clinical Center Help Line