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 will appear in "Theater of War," at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24 at the New York State Military Museum, on 61 Lake Ave. in Saratoga Springs.
Eisenberg's most recent role was in the 2010 film "The Social Network" in which he played Facebook's co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
"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.
Organizers say 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.
To date, Theater of War Productions has presented 175 performances for military and civilian communities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. More than 35,000 service members, veterans and their families have attended and participated in performances and discussions.
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."
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 in the Capital Region.
In addition to the appearance in Saratoga Springs, a performance will take place at the New York State Museum in Albany at 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
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/.
For more information, visit the Theater of War web site at www.outsidethewirellc.com.
- Thomas Dimopoulos