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Tow Harlem Stage 609

Antigone in Ferguson

Dramatic Reading of Antigone, by Sophocles

Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

Music Composed By Phil Woodmore

Antigone in Ferguson is a groundbreaking project, developed by Theater of War Productions, which fuses dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of Sophocles’ Antigone with live choral music performed by a diverse choir, including police officers, activists, youth, teachers, and concerned citizens from St. Louis, Missouri and New York City, culminating in powerful, healing discussions about race and social justice. Antigone in Ferguson was conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014, through a collaboration between Theater of War Productions and community members from Ferguson, MO, and premiered at Normandy High School, Michael Brown’s alma mater, in September of 2016.

Every night that we sing “I’m Covered” at the end of the play, it’s my way of covering my student Michael Brown.
De-Rance Blaylock, Harlem Stage, 2018
The crowd at Antigone in Ferguson on the basketball court at Howard Playground in Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY Ted Alcorn

About the play

  • Antigone by Sophocles

    Sophocles’ Antigone is an ancient play about a teenage girl who wishes to bury her brother, Polyneices, who recently died in a brutal civil war. Creon, the new, untested king, has ruled that Polyneices’ body must remain above the earth, and that anyone who breaks this law will be put to death. Antigone openly and intentionally defies his edict, covering her brother’s body with dirt and publicly declaring her allegiance to a higher law, one that transcends that of the state—the law of love. Creon is then forced, by his own political rhetoric, and the by fragile social order that he has barely begun to establish since the civil war, to make an example of his niece, by sentencing her to death. In the process of following through with his own decree, Creon loses everything. At its core, Antigone is a play about what happens when personal conviction and state law clash, raising the question: When everyone is right (or feels justified), how do we avert the violence that will inevitably take place?

Antigone in Ferguson Highlights

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Duane Foster Sings In Antigone In Ferguson
Antigone in Ferguson

Duane Foster sings in Antigone in Fergsuon

Wellspring Church, St. Louis, MO / 2016

Crowd In Howard Playground Brownsville Ny At Antigone In Ferguson
Antigone in Ferguson

Crowd on the basketball court

Howard Playground, Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY / 2017

Paul Giamatti Playing Creon In Antigone In Ferguson In Baltimore At Coppin State University
Antigone in Ferguson

Paul Giamatti playing Creon

Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD / 2017

Mrs Leggette Speaks In The Audience Of Antigone In Ferguson
Antigone in Ferguson

Mrs. Norma Leggette speaks in the audience during Antigone in Ferguson discussion

Wellspring Church, St. Louis, MO / 2016

Antigone in Ferguson

Meet the Antigone in Ferguson Choir: Duane Foster

2018

Antigone in Ferguson

Meet the Antigone in Ferguson Choir: Marcelle Davies-Lashley

Brooklyn, NY / 2018

Antigone in Ferguson

Meet the Antigone in Ferguson Choir: De Andrea Blaylock-Johnson

Ferguson, MO / 2018

Antigone in Ferguson

Antigone in Ferguson, Meet the Choir: De-Rance Blaylock

Normandy High School, St. Louis, MO / 2018

Antigone in Ferguson

Antigone in Ferguson, Meet the Choir: Willie Wooodmore

St. Peters, MO / 2018

Antigone in Ferguson

Meet the Antigone in Ferguson Choir: Lt. Latricia Allen

St. Louis, MO / 2018

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