07 MARCH 2019 / Powerful Free Theater will Engage Communities across New York City

Theater of War Productions, with Artistic Director Bryan Doerries at the helm and support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), is primed to expand free access to its pioneering theater experiences to New York City residents in all five boroughs.

This next stage of work for Theater of War, including over 75 free performances in 2019, will debut two new works, The King Lear Project and The Suppliants. It will also bring an extended second run of Antigone in Ferguson to the stage at St. Anne & the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights. Fifty free performances of the powerful show over ten weeks are supported exclusively by SNF.

This expanded Theater of War programming builds on a two-year stint by Bryan Doerries as Public Artist in Residence at the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services, for which SNF also provided significant support.

We are very proud to continue our support for the work of Bryan Doerries and Theater of War Productions,” said SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos. “This is an important next step for a powerful initiative to address issues that are simultaneously timely and timeless through the lens of ancient texts. We are grateful for Bryan’s vision to use the arts, working with many different organizations both public and private, to provide ritualized catharsis to communities of all kinds.”

Using stories from the realms of Classics and the classics, Theater of War engages communities in discussion of pressing, sometimes taboo, contemporary issues, from elder care, to the refugee crisis, to mental health, to racial injustice. This latest initiative is a collaboration between Theater of War and Brooklyn Public Library, with the partnership of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence and the Department of Veterans’ Services.