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date: 22 September 2019

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In “The Women and War Project,” theater director Peggy Shannon discusses her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant awarded in 2010, which explored whether theater performance can contribute to community healing. Drawing on the research findings of the American psychiatrist Jonathan Shay and working in collaboration with the Associate Director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, Stéphanie A. H. Bélanger, Shannon’s project sought to explore the role of women in war. She commissioned three new works for performance in 2012: Elektra in Bosnia by the Canadian playwright Judith Thompson; The Intuition of Iphigenia by the American playwright Velina Hasu Houston; and Ajax in Afghanistan (subsequently titled Our Ajax) by the American born British playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Keywords: Women and War, community healing, Jonathan Shay, Stéphanie A. H. Bélanger, Judith Thompson, Velina Hasu Houtston, Timberlake Wertenbaker

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