Antigone in Ferguson at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
A Performance of Sophocles’ ANTIGONE
Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries
Composed by Phil Woodmore
Presented by Theater of War Productions and Brooklyn Public Library
In association with THE OFFICE performing arts + film
10 week run. All 50 performances are FREE.
May 8-July 13, 2019
Wednesday through Friday, 7:00-9:30 pm
Saturdays, 2:00-4:30 pm and 7:00-9:30 pm
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church is pleased announce that Theater of War Productions will be in residence at St. Ann & the Holy this spring and early summer. The company will present 50 free performance of Antigone in Ferguson in the church sanctuary from May 8 to July 13, 2019. Antigone in Ferguson was conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014, with community members from Ferguson, Missouri.
The project fuses a dramatic reading by leading actors of excerpts from Sophocles’ Greek tragedy with live choral music performed by a choir of activists, police officers, youth, and concerned citizens from Ferguson and New York City. The performance is the catalyst for panel and audience-driven discussions about racialized violence, structural oppression, misogyny, gender violence, and social justice, which serve as the core component of the event.
The presentation will feature a rotating roster of acclaimed actors, including Chris Noth (“Sex and the City”), and Obi Abili (“Billions”), both who were featured in Antigone in Ferguson at Harlem Stage; along with Paul Giamatti (“Billions”); David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck); Amy Ryan (“The Wire”); Josh Hamilton (“Eighth Grade”); Linda Powell (“Chicago Fire”); and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, a frequent participant in Theater of War Productions’ projects. Each week will feature a different group of actors.
Local choirs from around the five boroughs will participate, joining The Phil Woodmore Singers each week. Local choirs include the Bethel Gospel Assembly, R.Evolución Latina, Brooklyn Interdenominational Chorus, and United Voices of Hope. Two police choirs, The Guardians and the Police Athletic League Choir, both led by Sergeant Marcus Lewis, will also be participating during the extended run, marking the first participation of full police choirs in a run of Antigone in Ferguson.
Local stakeholders and community leaders will participate as panelists, assisting in opening up dialogues with audiences. These guided discussions, which aim to promote healing, access to resources, and bridge the growing divide between law enforcement and local communities.
Antigone in Ferguson is made possible with the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church is the Pro-Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. St. Ann’s collaboration with Theater of War Productions on this project is an opportunity to further a commitment of this church to urban ministry as we engage a vision of justice, inclusion and dignity for all people. Our parish provides a community forum for conversations about issues of the day, culture and civic life. The 1847 church is a National Historic Landmark renowned for its Gothic Revival architecture and for William Jay Bolton’s suite of figural stained glass windows, the first produced in the United States.