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David M. Henahan, director of communications
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October 17, 2011

“Social Network” Actor to Appear in Capital District

Theater of War to be Presented in Albany and Saratoga Springs - Update: Seats are longer available for Saratoga Springs

Theater of War SUNY Empire State College 40th Anniversary New York State Museum New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center

(ALBANY AND SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., Oct. 17, 2011) -- Theater of War Productions, in collaboration with SUNY Empire State College, the New York State Museum and the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center will host two performances Monday, Oct. 24.

These performances will feature Jesse Eisenberg, whose performance in the movie “The Social Network,” earned him a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination in the Best Actor category.

Also appearing are John Doman, who has appeared in “Blue Valentine” and HBO's “The Wire;” Glenn Davis who has appeared in “24,” “The Unit” and “Jericho;” and Chinasa Ogbuagu who has appeared in “Nurse Jackie” and “Petunia.”

The first performance will take place at the New York State Museum in Albany at 12:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Theater of War will perform at the New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs.  Unfortunately,  due to strong demand reservations are no longer being accepted for the performance in Saratoga Springs.

The performance is free and open to the public; however, due to limited seating at each performance advance registration is requested.  Registration is available online at http://choose.esc.edu/tow/. Theater of War’s policy on photography, video and audio recording is attached.Theater of War Image Recording Policy (PDF  55kB)

Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the impact of war on individuals, families and communities. These ancient plays timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war. By presenting these plays to military and civilian audiences, the hope is to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources, and foster greater family, community and troop resilience.

Readings from the plays are followed by discussion with panelists from the local civilian and military communities, and a town hall style audience discussion. Each performance runs approximately two hours. The readings have been translated, directed and facilitated by Bryan Doerries and are produced by Phyllis Kaufman.

Theater of War is a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues. To date, Theater of War Productions has presented 175 performances for military and civilian communities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

Over 35,000 service members, veterans and their families have attended and participated in Theater of War performances and discussions. Visit Theater of War’s website at www.outsidethewirellc.com to find more information about the project, watch a short video of aperformance, and find out about recent and upcoming performances. Theater of War can also be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheaterofWar

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New Yorkstate and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, union members and veterans and active members of the military.

The college serves veterans and members of the military through its Office of Veteran and Military Education. For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. More information about the college’s 40th anniversary is available on the college’s 40th anniversary web page.

Founded in 1836, the State Museum has the longest continuously operating state natural history research and collection survey in the United States. The Museum is a cultural program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education. Located on Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is free. Further information can be obtained by calling 518-474-5877 or visiting the museum website at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/.

The mission of the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center is to preserve, interpret and disseminate the story, history and records of New York State’s military forces and veterans. The collection is divided into the museum and the library/archives holdings. Begun in 1863, the collection has not had a secure, permanent home until the Governor announced in 2001 that the historic armory in Saratoga Springs would be renovated to house the collection. The building, designed by Isaac Perry and constructed in 1889, is a fine example of armory architecture that was popular in upstate New York in the late 1800’s.

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Press Contacts:                     Lee Sunday Evans, Project Coordinator, Theater of War

718-624-0351

                              levans@theater-of-war.com

David Henahan, SUNY Empire State College

518-587-2100, ext. 2918

David.Henahan@esc.edu

Joanne Guilmette, New York State Museum

518-474-8730

jguilmet@mail.nysed.gov