“Theater of War” performances to help U.S. Army Europe Soldiers and Family members cope with stresses of combat

By Staff Sgt. Patricia Deal, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
May 4, 2010

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- "Theater of War", an innovative theatrical approach to helping Soldiers and their families cope with combat stress, makes its USAREUR premiere for select communities May 12-26.

Theater of War” uses dramatic readings from ancient Greek plays to foster discussions about the trials of war and the emotional return home from battle that challenge today’s combat service members and their families.

Recognized stage and screen actors perform the readings. Actors in the USAREUR tour include Gretchen Egolf who has appeared in “Roswell,” “Journeyman,” and “Law & Order SVU”; Jamie Hector who has appeared in “Heroes,” “The Wire,” “Law & Order,” and the short film “Five Deep Breaths”; Reed Birney who has appeared in “Gossip Girl,” “Kings,” and “Law & Order”; and Brendan Griffin who has appeared in “Law & Order” and the TV movie “Taking Chance.”

After the readings, audiences participate in town hall discussions with a guest panel of combat veterans, Family members, and medical professionals from the local military community.

While “Theater of War” has been touring military communities and town hall meetings across the U.S. since 2008, this is the show’s first time in USAREUR. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury contracted for “Theater of War” to encourage service members to seek assistance for psychological health concerns.

“Theater of War” performances are scheduled for the following communities:

May 12            

Heidelberg 1:30 p.m.

May 13           

Baumholder 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

May 14   

Wiesbaden     9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

May 17           

Bamberg 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

May 18   

Schweinfurt    9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

May 19   

Ansbach         10 a.m.

May 20   

Kaiserslautern     9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

May 21   

Stuttgart        10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

May 25   

Grafenwoehr   9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

May 26   

Hohenfels 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.