On Sunday, February 3rd, Antigone in Ferguson, an original production by Theater of War at Harlem Stage exclusively supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), was featured in an episode of the television program NYC-ARTS.
Created in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014, Antigone in Ferguson intertwines excerpts from Sophocles’ play with music from a rotating chorus of activists, police officers and others from Harlem and the St. Louis area. The show ran for five weeks at Harlem Stage, free of change for the whole run with support from SNF. The production had previously been staged as part of SNF’s annual Summer Nostos Festival in Athens, Greece in 2017.
SNF has supported Theater of War Productions since 2009, the year of its founding. In 2017, SNF supported Theater of War’s founder, Bryan Doerries, who directed and translated Sophocles’ text for Antigone in Ferguson, as New York City Public Artist in Residence with the Departments of Cultural Affairs and Veterans’ Services.
The episode aired at 8:00 p.m. on WNET and is available online following the broadcast.