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Two Ancient Kings Help Spark Discussion on Pandemic and Caregiving

NEW YORK — Theater of War is known for helping facilitate the conversations that need to happen, where they need to happen—a discussion on aging at a New York senior center, a discussion on racial justice at Michael Brown’s high school in Missouri.

Overcoming taboo to talk about difficult issues facing society is more vital than ever, and at this moment, where those conversations need to take place is online.

On Thursday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m. EDT, Theater of War will hold an online iteration of its King Lear Project, which confronts questions around caregiving and death using Shakespeare’s play about an aging king as its point of departure. Free and open to the public with advance registration, the event will follow a reading of the play with a participatory discussion hosted by Artistic Director Bryan Doerries.

Later this month, Theater of War continues the dialogue as part of the online Summer Nostos Festival: RetroFuture Edition from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). On Wednesday, June 24 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, a guided audience discussion on the effects of the pandemic will follow a reading of Sophocles’ play by Frances McDormand, Oscar Isaac, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Frankie Faison, David Strathairn, Glenn Davis, Marjolaine Goldsmith, and NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

SNF has been a longstanding supporter of Theater of War, including for a free ten-week run of the powerful Antigone in Ferguson in Brooklyn last summer. The company adapts its offerings to the needs of the moment, holding in May, for instance a special Theater of War for Frontline Medical Providers event.

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