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Taylor Schilling and Tracie Thoms in The Nurse Antigone Launch 2022 03 24

The Nurse Antigone

Dramatic Reading of Antigone, by Sophocles

A groundbreaking project by and for nurses, The Nurse Antigone presents dramatic readings of Sophocles’ Antigone on Zoom—featuring professional actors and a chorus of frontline nurses—to help frame powerful, guided discussions about the unique challenges faced by nurses before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Antigone, an ancient play about a young woman who puts everything on the line to do what she believes is right, dramatizes the heavy cost of silencing and marginalizing caregivers, especially during times of crisis. By performing Sophocles’ play for diverse audiences, including nurses as well as concerned citizens, The Nurse Antigone aims to generate compassion, awareness, connection, and much-needed healing, while celebrating and advocating for nurses at this critical juncture in the history of their profession.

Co-presented by Theater of War Productions, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and the Resilient Nurses Initiative - Maryland.

Supported by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

Support for our digital programming is provided, in part, by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

As a nurse, I felt honored by this performance, and this discussion
Adam Hadas, Nurse

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?

The Nurse Antigone Highlights

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The Nurse Antigone

The Nurse Antigone Trailer

2022

Watch the Nurse Antigone Trailer with clips from the launch performance of the twelve-part series. Featuring performances by Tracie Thoms, Margaret Atwood, Bill Camp, and Taylor Schilling, and remarks by nurses Ruth Kinsella, Kara Curry, Charlaine Lasse, and Craig Manbauman.

Margaret Atwood
The Nurse Antigone

“Confronting Grief, With Margaret Atwood, in ’The Nurse Antigone’”

The New York Times / 2022

“Confronting Grief, With Margaret Atwood, in ’The Nurse Antigone’” by Alisha Haridasani Gupta

A dramatic reading by Theater of War Productions will include the author and practicing nurses who have held the front line of the pandemic.

AP News
The Nurse Antigone

“Front-line nurses star in online staging of play ‘Antigone’”

Associated Press / 2022

Taylor Schilling and Tracie Thoms in The Nurse Antigone Launch 2022 03 24
The Nurse Antigone

The Nurse Antigone Launch

On Zoom / 2022

Taylor Schilling plays Ismene and Tracie Thoms plays Antigone in The Nurse Antigone Launch.

Charlaine Lasse Amy Smith and Aliki Arg in The Nurse Antigone Launch 2022 03 24
The Nurse Antigone

The Nurse Antigone Launch

On Zoom / 2022

The Inaugural Nurse Chorus: Charlaine Lasse (Registered Nurse, IV Therapy, Neonatal Intensive Care), Amy Smith (Nurse Practitioner, Northwell Health, Hofstra University), Aliki Argiropoulos (Nurse Clinician II, Blood and Marrow Transplant, Oncology Critical Care, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Johns Hopkins Hospital).

Jumaane Williams plays The Messenger in The Nurse Antigone Launch 2022 03 24
The Nurse Antigone

The Nurse Antigone Launch

On Zoom / 2022

NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams plays The Messenger in The Nurse Antigone Launch.

Ato Blankson Wood plays Haemon in The Nurse Antigone Launch 2022 03 24
The Nurse Antigone

The Nurse Antigone Launch

On Zoom / 2022

Ato Blankson Wood plays Haemon in The Nurse Antigone Launch

Tracie Thoms plays Antigone in The Nurse Antigone Launch 2022 03 24
The Nurse Antigone

The Nurse Antigone Launch

On Zoom / 2022

Tracie Thoms plays Antigone in The Nurse Antigone Launch.

Taylor Schilling plays Eurydice in The Nurse Antigone Launch 2022 03 24
The Nurse Antigone

The Nurse Antigone Launch

On Zoom / 2022

Taylor Schilling plays Eurydice in The Nurse Antigone Launch.

Panelists in The Nurse Antigone Launch 2022 03 24
The Nurse Antigone

The Nurse Antigone Launch

On Zoom / 2022

Panelists in the Nurse Antigone Launch, discussion co-facilitated by Cynda Rushton and Bryan Doerries.

Margaret Atwood plays Tiresias in The Nurse Antigone Launch 2022 03 24
The Nurse Antigone

The Nurse Antigone Launch

On Zoom / 2022

Margaret Atwood plays Tiresias in The Nurse Antigone Launch.

Bill Camp as Creon in The Nurse Antigone Launch 2022 03 24
The Nurse Antigone

The Nurse Antigone Launch

On Zoom / 2022

Bill Camp plays Creon in The Nurse Antigone Launch.

The Nurse Antigone Resources

  • Community Building Art Works to extend free writing workshops to healthcare workers who attend The Nurse Antigone

    poeticrecord.org

If you are a nurse, for assistance with non-urgent psychological well-being needs, please email your inquiries to:

nurseantigone@ccainc.com

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