"...a strange and wonderful exhibition" - The New York Times

published 10.11.2016

Antigone in Ferguson Comes to New York

by Onassis Foundation USA

New York, NY (October 11, 2016) — Antigone in Ferguson, a groundbreaking social justice project that premiered in Ferguson, Missouri, will be presented in New York City at the Onassis Cultural Center on Saturday, October 15, 8-10 pm. The presentation—which is both free and open to the public—is central to Antigone Now, the Onassis Festival NY 2016 (October 13-16) and features a dramatic reading of Sophocles’ Antigone by Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards, The Wire), Gloria Reuben (ER), Glenn Davis (24, The Unit), and Samira Wiley (Orange Is the New Black).

Of particular interest and importance, the performance ends with a town hall discussion framed by community panelist remarks—including members of law enforcement, activists, and concerned citizens—facilitated by director/translator Bryan Doerries. Highlighting the performance is a Gospel Choir (standing in for the Greek Chorus which traditionally serves as a bridge between the audience and the stage action) with singers from both Ferguson, Missouri and New York City.

On September 17th, a performance of Antigone in Ferguson took place in Ferguson, Missouri at Normandy High School – from which Michael Brown graduated – and at Wellspring Church, located just blocks from the police station that became the focus of protests following the police killing of Michael Brown. That incident refocused our attention significantly on the issues of Black Lives Matter.

This exclusive presentation of Antigone in Ferguson hopes to carry the conversation forward through joining together different voices in song and in dialogue, to further the conversation about power, violence, and race relations, and aims to bridge the growing divide between law enforcement and local communities.

Antigone in Ferguson was developed by Outside the Wire and the PopTech Institute, and is co-presented by the Onassis Foundation USA.

Free admission-reservation required atonassisfestivalny.org.

All Festival events at the Onassis Cultural Center New York are free and open to the public; reservations, required for some events, are available atonassisfestivalny.org. 

About the ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTER NEW YORK

The Onassis Cultural Center New York explores Greek culture from antiquity to today, through a diverse program of exhibitions, events, and online engagement for audiences of all ages and interests. All programs and exhibitions—from scholarly to those designed for families, novices, and experts—are presented free of charge to make the experience accessible to all.

About the ONASSIS FOUNDATION USA

The Onassis Foundation USA, an affiliate of the parent Foundation in Greece, is committed to the promotion of Greek culture. By cooperating with educational and cultural institutions in Greece and throughout the Americas, the Onassis Foundation USA promotes cultural relations. The mission of the Onassis Foundation USA is realized through two major initiatives, one cultural and educational for the general public through its Onassis Cultural Center New York, and one academic, the University Seminar Program, that places eminent scholars from all over the world in universities in North and Latin America for seminars and courses on topics related to Hellenic civilization. To learn more about the Foundation and the Onassis Cultural Center New York, please visit: www.onassisusa.org.

For more information, please contact:

Bruce Mason
Festival Publicist
Bruce.A.Mason@gmail.com
tel:917-541-9014

Maria Galanou
Public and Media Relations Manager
mgalanou@onassisusa.org
tel:917-732-7167 direct
tel:212-486-4448 x113

Eleanor Goldhar
Director of Communications and Marketing
egoldhar@onassisusa.org
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