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Democracy Is Coming

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Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming 

Co-presented by Onassis USA and The Public Theater

A festival of arts and ideas that celebrates, reevaluates, and considers anew the concept of democracy in the one space that has, since Greek antiquity, allowed citizens to engage peacefully and constructively with serious and often divisive issues, be they social, political, religious, or ideological: a public theater. Through a multidisciplinary program of theater, music, dance, talks, and visual art, Onassis USA and The Public Theater, two agitators of public curiosity—one Greek, one American—offer a joint project that brings together Greek and American artists and thinkers to bridge the origins of democracy with its evolution, its violent and idealistic past with its distorted present, and offer artistic interpretations about its current state and future.

Democracy, which literally means “the rule of the people,” is perhaps the most celebrated Greek innovation. But even as we generally acknowledge it as the best political system available to us compared to its alternatives, democracy is still deeply flawed. Historically, it has given rise to corrupt leaders, or, as Plato warned, evolved into tyranny. Wherever and whenever democracy “arrived,” to remove power from the hands of the few and deliver it to the many, its landing was not peaceful, but vengeful and violent. So where can we turn to consider the concept of democracy today in its most ideal form?


Tickets for Onassis members go on sale on Jan 17 at 11 AM:

1. Go to publictheater.org.
2. Enter ONASSIS19 in the box that says "I have a promo code" underneath the calendar.
3. Once your code has been accepted, click the performance you want and this will take you to a seating chart and checkout page.

To purchase tickets by phone, call 212.967.7555and use the code ONASSIS19

Festival Schedule

April 10-April 28, 2019

7:00

pm, Wednesday, April 10 Wed, April 10

This Alien Nation

7-8pm , Joe's Pub at The Public Theater

Please join host Sofija Stefanovic as she welcomes some of her favorite people for a celebration of immigration!

  • Performance

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

8:00

pm, Wednesday, April 10 Wed, April 10

RELIC

8-8:45pm , Shiva Theater at the Public Theater

RELIC is a survival from the past. A thing left behind, be it memory, object, language or being. 

  • Performance

7:00

pm, Thursday, April 11 Thu, April 11

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

7-8pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

8:00

pm, Thursday, April 11 Thu, April 11

RELIC

8-8:45pm , Shiva Theater at the Public Theater

RELIC is a survival from the past. A thing left behind, be it memory, object, language or being. 

  • Performance

7:00

pm, Friday, April 12 Fri, April 12

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

7-8pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

Lena Kitsopoulou sings Rebetika: The Blues of Greece

7-8:30pm , Joe's Pub at The Public Theater

For the past ten years she has been singing rebetika and folk songs in taverns and music festivals in Athens and Santorini. The ...

  • Performance

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

8:00

pm, Friday, April 12 Fri, April 12

RELIC

8-8:45pm , Shiva Theater at the Public Theater

RELIC is a survival from the past. A thing left behind, be it memory, object, language or being. 

  • Performance

12:00

pm, Saturday, April 13 Sat, April 13

Brunch, Tragedy & Us

12-1:30pm , The Library at The Public Theater

What better way to contemplate life and tragedy than with two of the world’s finest conversationalists and a Bloody Mary? To celebrate th...

  • Discussion

1:30

pm, Saturday, April 13 Sat, April 13

Socrates

1:30-4pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

3:00

pm, Saturday, April 13 Sat, April 13

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

3-4pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

5:00

pm, Saturday, April 13 Sat, April 13

CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR!

5-6:30pm , The Public Theater Lobby

Singers and non-singers alike are invited to The Public Theater's historic lobby to take part in an interactive musical collaboration at ...

  • Music

7:00

pm, Saturday, April 13 Sat, April 13

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

7-8pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

8:00

pm, Saturday, April 13 Sat, April 13

RELIC

8-8:45pm , Shiva Theater at the Public Theater

RELIC is a survival from the past. A thing left behind, be it memory, object, language or being. 

  • Performance

1:30

pm, Sunday, April 14 Sun, April 14

Socrates

1:30-4pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

2:00

pm, Sunday, April 14 Sun, April 14

Democracy Is The City

2-3pm , Shiva Theater at The Public Theater

Jane Jacobs wrote that “cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by...

  • Talk

4:00

pm, Sunday, April 14 Sun, April 14

Democracy Is Digital

4-5pm , Shiva Theater at The Public Theater

More than four billion people now use the internet, a population more than twice as large as that of the largest countries on the planet....

  • Talk

6:00

pm, Sunday, April 14 Sun, April 14

Democracy Is Coming

6-7pm , Shiva Theater at The Public Theater

Democracy Is Coming asks the question: if true democracy arrived tomorrow, would we even want to let it in? ...

  • Talk

7:00

pm, Sunday, April 14 Sun, April 14

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

7-8pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

9:30

pm, Sunday, April 14 Sun, April 14

Banda Magda

9:30-11pm , Joe's Pub at The Public Theater

Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou (Kronos Quartet, Louis CK), Ba...

  • Music

7:00

pm, Monday, April 15 Mon, April 15

Public Forum: Of, By & For The People

7-9pm , Anspacher Theater at The Public Theater

Theater and democracy share a birthplace, share fundamental tenants, and provide opportunities for the people to activate and understand ...

  • Discussion

7:00

pm, Tuesday, April 16 Tue, April 16

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

7-8pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

7:00

pm, Wednesday, April 17 Wed, April 17

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

7-8pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

7:00

pm, Thursday, April 18 Thu, April 18

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

7-8pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

Xylouris White

7-9:30pm , Joe's Pub at The Public Theater

Xylouris White is firmly rooted in the past and future.

  • Music

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

8:00

pm, Thursday, April 18 Thu, April 18

ANTIGONE - LONELY PLANET

8-10pm , Shiva Theater at The Public Theater

From the imagination of Lena Kitsopoulou, the Greek stage's preeminent wild child, comes a peculiar metamorphosis of an ...

  • show

7:00

pm, Friday, April 19 Fri, April 19

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

7-8pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

8:00

pm, Friday, April 19 Fri, April 19

ANTIGONE - LONELY PLANET

8-10pm , Shiva Theater at The Public Theater

From the imagination of Lena Kitsopoulou, the Greek stage's preeminent wild child, comes a peculiar metamorphosis of an ...

  • show

9:30

pm, Friday, April 19 Fri, April 19

Xylouris White

9:30-11pm , Joe's Pub at The Public Theater

Xylouris White is firmly rooted in the past and future.

  • Music

1:30

pm, Saturday, April 20 Sat, April 20

Socrates

1:30-4pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

3:00

pm, Saturday, April 20 Sat, April 20

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

3-4pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

7:30

pm, Saturday, April 20 Sat, April 20

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

8:00

pm, Saturday, April 20 Sat, April 20

ANTIGONE - LONELY PLANET

8-10pm , Shiva Theater at The Public Theater

From the imagination of Lena Kitsopoulou, the Greek stage's preeminent wild child, comes a peculiar metamorphosis of an ...

  • show

1:30

pm, Sunday, April 21 Sun, April 21

Socrates

1:30-4pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

3:00

pm, Sunday, April 21 Sun, April 21

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

3-4pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

7:00

pm, Sunday, April 21 Sun, April 21

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

7-8pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

7:00

pm, Monday, April 22 Mon, April 22

Public Shakespeare Presents: What's Hecuba to Him?

7-9pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

Ancient Greek plays – and in particular their titanic, tragic women – exerted a powerful and uncharted influence on Shakespeare's dramati...

  • Reading

7:30

pm, Tuesday, April 23 Tue, April 23

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

7:30

pm, Wednesday, April 24 Wed, April 24

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

7:30

pm, Thursday, April 25 Thu, April 25

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

7:30

pm, Friday, April 26 Fri, April 26

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

1:30

pm, Saturday, April 27 Sat, April 27

Socrates

1:30-2pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

7:30

pm, Saturday, April 27 Sat, April 27

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

1:30

pm, Sunday, April 28 Sun, April 28

Socrates

1:30-4pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

7:30

pm, Sunday, April 28 Sun, April 28

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. April...

  • Theater