DOLA and Outside the Wire bring Greek drama to Ft. Lyon residents

Denise Stepto, DOLA communications director,  303-241-8364 c.
Lio Sigerson, Theater of War project coordinator, 718-624-0351 c.


Las Animas, CO – Tuesday, August 4, 2015 –  Today the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) in collaboration with Outside the Wire, a social impact company, presented a performance of Philoctetes at The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community in Bent County.

Theater of War: is an innovative public health project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays—Sophocles Ajax and Philoctetes—as a catalyst for facilitated audience discussions about visible and invisible wounds. Using Sophocles’ plays to forge a common vocabulary for openly discussing the impact of trauma, isolation, chronic illness, and substance abuse upon individuals, families, and communities, these events are aimed at fostering understanding, connection, and compassion, as well as health-seeking behavior.

The 2 hour-long presentation featured Jay O Sanders: The Day After Tomorrow, The Green Lantern, JFK, and Jim Hunt: Hysteria, Charles Ives Take Me Home, And the Sun Stood Still. The readings from the play were followed by discussion with panelists from the local community and a facilitated town-hall style audience discussion.


About The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community

The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community provides recovery-oriented transitional housing to homeless individuals. The program combines housing with counseling, educational, vocational, and employment services for up to 300 homeless and formerly homeless persons from across the state of Colorado, with an emphasis on serving homeless veterans.

Fort Lyon is located in Bent County, Colorado, and is part of state and community efforts to re-purpose the facility to meet the needs of homeless individuals across the state and to catalyze the re-use of the facility to meet a variety of community needs.

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About Outside the Wire

Outside the Wire is a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues, such as combat-related psychological injury, end of life care, prison reform, political violence and torture, and the de-stigmatization of the treatment of substance abuse and addiction.  To date, there have been over 300 performances of Theater of War for military and civilian communities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Over 60,000 service members, veterans, and their families have attended and participated in Theater of War performances and discussions.

Learn more about Outside the Wire at: