Outside the Wire Comes to Maine 2011

Theater of War actors

Outside the Wire works with a large cast of actors. Here, co-founder Bryan Doerries is on stage with actors Elizabeth Marvel and Bill Camp during a performance of “Theater of War” at Julliard. The cast for the Maine performances has not yet been determined.

In October 2011, Literature and Medicine brought Outside the Wire, an innovative, nationally acclaimed reader’s theater troupe, to Maine for two memorable performances.

This New York City-based theater troupe presents readings of powerful literary works that are deeply engaging and spark community dialogue about pressing public issues. In Maine, they presented readings of ancient Greek plays in two different performances, “End of Life” and “Theater of War.” In each performance,

• a cast of accomplished actors brought characters struggling with complex ethical and moral issues to life.
• community members, from a variety of perspectives, responded directly to the issues raised by the performances through a facilitated town hall discussion.

Audiences have repeatedly found these performances to be arresting and emotionally charged. After seeing a performance at L&M’s recent conference, a participant wrote:

“Theater of War shook me to my core.”



Geoff Gratwick

Dr. Geoffrey Gratwick of EMMC at a “Theater of War” discussion

MHC has worked with Outside the Wire before...

Those who attended Literature & Medicine’s “After Shock” conference last fall will not soon forget the power of Outside the Wire’s “Theater of War” performance; in fact, months later we continue to hear how much it meant to those who experienced it. Now all of Maine can share this rare opportunity.


Why Greek Theater?


Thank you to our Sponsors

The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation

Maine Medical Center and the Department of Medicine & Maine Medical Center Medical Staff

The University of Maine at Augusta (President’s Office, Cultural Events Committee, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, College of Arts & Sciences & Student Life)

Healthcare Charities on behalf of Eastern Maine Medical Center

The Hospice Fund of the Maine Community Foundation

Husson University