03 OCTOBER 2019 / A Mythological Celtic king, Cynthia Nixon, and the Public Discourse on Aging

It may have premiered on St. Stephen’s Day in 1606, but it’s still inspiring timely conversations in Midtown Manhattan.

The King Lear Project by Theater of War Productions brings to life scenes from Shakespeare’s play, whose titular character is an aging king in tragic decline, to spark discussion on aging, elder care, and dementia.

On Wednesday, October 2, Theater of War sparked these discussions by staging the King Lear Project, featuring actor Cynthia Nixon, at the Edie Windsor Sage Senior Center in New York City.

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. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) has provided significant repeated support to Theater of War as the company has expanded access to is powerful offerings like The King Lear Project. SNF also exclusively supported a free ten-week run of the company’s powerful Antigone in Ferguson in Brooklyn this summer.

Founded in 2009, Theater of War Productions is now Public Artist in Residence for New York City’s Department of Veterans’ Services. It is led by Artistic Director Bryan Doerries, who will take part in the SNF Conference to be held in Athens this June.