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The Suppliants Project

Dramatic Reading of The Suppliants, by Aeschylus

Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

The Suppliants Project tells the timeless story of fifty female refugees seeking asylum at a border from forced marriage and domestic violence. The play not only depicts the struggle of these women to cross into safety, but also the internal struggle within the city that ultimately receives them. Using a 2,500-year-old tragedy by Aeschylus as a catalyst for powerful gatherings and crucial conversations, The Suppliants Project engages diverse audiences in humanizing, constructive dialogue about the challenges of the current immigration crisis and its impact upon all that it touches.

Featuring a chorus of Garifuna singers, musicians, and performers from Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala

About the play

  • The Suppliants by Aeschylus

    In Aeschylus’ ancient play The Suppliants, fifty women who are fleeing forced marriages travel from Egypt to Argos in order to ask King Pelasgus for asylum. At first, Pelasgus refuses to help them, but the Argive people rally behind the women and convince their king to allow the refugees to remain under the city’s protection. When a large group of Egyptian men arrive in Argos, demanding their women back, King Pelasgus threatens them and summons his army to drive them away. The play ends with the women retreating to safety and finding asylum within the walls of Argos.

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The Suppliants Project Trailer

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Premiere procession of the Suppliants Project

Andrew Freedman Home / 2019

The premiere began with a procession of the chorus and Danaus, played by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and the band, inclusive of drummers, turtle, and conch players.

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Premiere procession of the Suppliants Project

Andrew Freedman Home / 2019

The premiere began with a procession of the chorus and Danaus, played by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and the band, inclusive of drummers, turtle, and conch players.

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Premiere procession of the Suppliants Project

Andrew Freedman Home / 2019

The premiere began with a procession of the chorus and Danaus, played by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and the band, inclusive of drummers, turtle, and conch players.

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The Suppliants Project

Premiere procession of the Suppliants Project

Andrew Freedman Home / 2019

The premiere began with a procession of the chorus and Danaus, played by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and the band, inclusive of drummers, turtle, and conch players.

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The Suppliants Project

Premiere procession of the Suppliants Project

Andrew Freedman Home / 2019

The premiere began with a procession of the chorus and Danaus, played by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and the band, inclusive of drummers, turtle, and conch players.

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The Suppliants Project

Premiere procession of the Suppliants Project

Andrew Freedman Home / 2019

The premiere began with a procession of the chorus and Danaus, played by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and the band, inclusive of drummers, turtle, and conch players.

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Public Advocate Jumaane Williams plays Danaus

Andrew Freedman Home / 2019

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David Zayas plays Pelasgus

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War Dance

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Paula Castillo, distinguished Garifuna singer

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The Suppliants Chorus

Andrew Freedman Home

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War Dance

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Dancers from the Audience

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Maria Guity dancing

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Tesa Arozqueta from the Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence

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David Zayas as Pelasgus

Andrew Freedman Home / 2019

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Conch player

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Bill Camp plays the Messenger

Andrew Freedman Home / 2019

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The Suppliants Theater of War Music Workshop

Bronx NY / 2019

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The Suppliants Project Premiere

Valencia College, Orlando, FL / 2019

Souraya Ghalayini serves on the panel along side Liliana Alvarez, Sam Montione, and Jacqueline Miszuk at the premiere of The Suppliants Project.

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The Suppliants Project Premiere

Valencia College, Orlando, FL / 2019

Liliana Alvarez serves on the panel of The Suppliants Project.

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The Suppliants Project Premiere

Valencia College, Orlando, FL / 2019

Obi Abili performs in The Suppliants Project premiere

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