18 OCTOBER 2019 / The Drum Major Instinct and other Theater of War Projects Spark Discussion this Fall

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful final sermon becomes a starting point for community discussion in Theater of War Productions’ The Drum Major Instinct project. It’s one of several projects from Theater of War’s innovative roster being performed in New York City this fall.

The Drum Major Instinct event, taking place on Sunday, October 20 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Port Richmond High School on Staten Island, will feature a performance of the sermon by New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. Admission is free, but space is limited.

The King Lear Project, recently performed at Edie Windsor Sage Senior Center in Manhattan, is back for a performance at the Lincoln Hospital Auditorium in the Bronx on Tuesday, October 29 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free with advance registration. The King Lear Project 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.

The company’s fall schedule also includes an invitation-only instance of the Addiction Performance Project, which uses dramatic reading of Act Three of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night to kickstart discussion on the impacts of addiction on individuals and communities.

Using stories from the realms of Classics and the classics, Theater of War engages communities in discussion of pressing, sometimes taboo, contemporary issues, from 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 it offerings and exclusively supported a free ten-week run of the company’s powerful Antigone in Ferguson in Brooklyn this past summer.