The New York Times on the upcoming series of Theater of War Productions’ performances at the Harlem Stage
28 June 2018

In a recent article The New York Times report on the five-week run of free performances of SNF grantee, Theater of War Productions’ original project, Antigone in Ferguson which premieres on September 13th in New York City, kicking off Harlem Stage’s 2018/2019 programming season.

Antigone in Ferguson was conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014, through a collaboration between Theater of War Productions and community members from Ferguson, Missouri.

Translated and directed by Bryan Doerries, who is an SNF Public Artist in Residence, and composed by Phil Woodmore, 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 on race and social justice, the core component of the event. The multifaceted production offers a glimpse not only into the effects of the tragedy in Brown’s local community, but also the trauma of police violence and racial injustice in communities of color in New York and across the nation.

This performance was previously showcased at the 2017 Summer Nostos Festival and SNF’s International Conference on Philanthropy.

Acknowledging the innovative nature as well as the significant social impact of the team’s work, the SNF has been supporting Theater of War Productions from its early beginning. In that spirit, SNF has, since March 2017, renewed its support by exclusively funding the realization of artistic events, taking place within the next two years in more than 60 locations in the greater area of New York.

Read the full article here.