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A theater group called Outside the Wire got financial support from PopTech to stage a performance to help residents of Joplin, Mo., heal from the devastation of a deadly tornado.

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A theater group called Outside the Wire got financial support from PopTech to stage a performance to help residents of Joplin, Mo., heal from the devastation of a deadly tornado.

The Theater group Outside the Wire uses drama to help people confront harrowing, deeply personal issues. Through its staged readings of ancient plays about war, for example, soldiers are given a forum to talk about the psychological toll of combat.

A year after a deadly tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., the group was invited to perform a text to help residents come to terms with their losses. It settled on the Book of Job but needed $10,000 to stage the reading­. Enter PopTech,