“Antigone in Ferguson”

Integrated Programming

Joining In: Participatory Performance and Social Activism Panel Discussion
Bryan Doerries
Director, Antigone in Ferguson
Taibi Magar
Director, Underground Railroad Game
Rebecca Schneider
Professor in the Department of
Theatre Arts and Performance Studies,
Brown University
Amy Holzapfel Chair, Associate Professor of Theatre The discussion will be about the politics of participatory performance, and the lessons and practices it can share with democratic assembly in public space. The hook is to connect theatre with the contemporary wave of engaged social activism.

Directed by Bryan Doerries, Composed by Phil Woodmore

Both compelling theatre and searing social justice project, Antigone in Ferguson is a radical and unlikely staging of Sophocles’s classic tragedy, conceived in response to the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Antigone’s themes of integrity and human folly, set down in the fifth century BCE, resonate through the ages, illuminating the recent clash between public authorities and American citizens as they call for justice in police brutality cases. Bryan Doerries, author of The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today, directs this timely adaptation. Performed by an all-star cast along with a gospel choir featuring police officers, educators, and community members from Ferguson, the play makes an appeal for the timelessness of Sophocles—and the urgency of grappling with his implications in our current political climate.

Featuring Chinasa Ogbuagu (Nurse Jackie, Fringe, Law & Order, Law & Order:SVU) and Zach Grenier (The Good WifeDeadwoodFight Club) with Duane Foster, Marjolaine Goldsmith, Willie Woodmore.


This performance is made possible by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Endowment for the Arts and the Lipp Family Fund for Performing Artists.