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Exploring Ancient and Modern Experiences of War With Veterans
The New York Warrior Chorus performing Our Trojan War. Image courtesy of Richard Termine and Aquila Theatre.

The New York Warrior Chorus performing Our Trojan War. Image courtesy of Richard Termine and Aquila Theatre.

With NEH funding, Aquila Theatre has brought classic plays and public dialogues to libraries and performing arts centers across the nation since 2008. Many of their programs, including the Page and Stage program, were developed to help the general public explore how the concerns of classical Greek and Roman dramas are still prevalent in our modern lives. Most recently, Aquila Theatre has focused on bringing classic theater experiences to veterans. The NEH-funded program Our Warrior Chorus is a national initiative that helps veterans engage with ancient literature while building dialogue regarding the veteran experience, war, and service. Of the experience, a U.S. Army Sergeant and Our Warrior Chorus participant said “I liked that the experiences were filtered through classical literature. This distance allows both performers and audience members to use their imaginations in an empathetic way, rather than merely evoking sympathy.”

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