is a brooklyn-based film and theater maker, whose work ranges from documentary to experimental film to community-based forum theater. For the past year, he's worked as an assistant director to Peter Brook and Marie HÃ©lÃ¨ne Estienne on the world tour of their 2019 production of Why? and the 2020 production of Shakespeare Resonance: La TempÃªte at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris.
Jumaane Williams and Bryan Doerries with Lucas Kane and Shadi Ghaheri
We first spoke with Doerries, cofounder and artistic director of Theater of War Productions, back in April during one of our lunchtime conversations here at the Rail. We were taken, not only by his view that ancient tragedy can be utilized to engage in communal conversations around trauma, but also by his critiques that much of the contemporary theater world fails to use this powerful art form to engage in such necessary work.