Theater of War Productions uses texts from the classical world and beyond to help us teach ourselves a sense of proportion on the most pressing issues of our day, from the refugee crisis, to addiction, to elder care and aging. The company will premiere its latest project, based on The Suppliants by Aeschylus, next week in New York City.
The Suppliants Project addresses issues related to ongoing immigration crises by drawing on the story of a group of women seeking refuge Argos from the treat of forced marriage. The narrative of the two-and-a-half-thousand-year-old play becomes a matrix for, as Theater of War expresses it, “humanizing, constructive dialogue.” The Suppliants Project premiers on Friday, December 13 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx.
Theater of War’s end-of-year schedule also includes a performance of the company’s project based on Euripides’ Herakles, addressing the ramifications of an act of violence. The Hercules project will be staged Thursday, December 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx. The King Lear Project, which addresses elder care, aging, and dementia through readings from Shakespeare’s play, will be presented on Friday, December 6 from 1 to 3 pm at Raices Times Plaza Senior Center in Brooklyn.
Admission to these events is free and advance registration encouraged.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) has provided significant repeated support to Theater of War as the company has expanded its offerings and exclusively supported a free ten-week run of the company’s powerful Antigone in Ferguson in Brooklyn this past summer.