Kenyon Virtual Residency Workshop
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Wed, Feb 10.2021 7:30 PM
For more than a decade, the social impact company Theater of War Productions has performed ancient plays and other seminal texts in unlikely places—such as hospitals, military bases, homeless shelters, prisons, houses of worship, and public housing developments—to catalyze and frame crucial conversations about issues of public health and social justice. In this workshop session—open to Kenyon students, faculty, staff, and residents of Knox County—Theater of War Productions will present a scene from Bryan Doerries’ new translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus in order to frame a discussion about the how the company’s model works and how it might be applied to specific issues that impact people living in Gambier and Mount Vernon. The workshop will begin with the reading—featuring the actors David Zayas (Dexter), Moses Ingram (The Queen's Gambit), Marjolaine Goldsmith (Afterwords), and Frankie Faison (The Wire)—followed by a guided audience discussion, focussing on the identification of potential issues, texts, and collaborators for the development of a new project, which Theater of War productions will present on Zoom in late-March.
HomelessnessThe Oedipus at Colonus Project
The Oedipus at Colonus Project presents readings of scenes from Sophocles’ final play, Oedipus at Colonus, as catalyst for powerful, community-driven conversations about homelessness, the immigration and refugee crisis, and the challenges of eldercare during and after the pandemic.
Medea timelessly depicts how scorned passion can lead to revenge and, sometimes, unthinkable violence. This project, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in June 2016, delves into under-discussed mental health issues that affect women and their families.
Consent & Sexual ViolenceTape
Tape has been developed as a sexual assault awareness and prevention training program that uses dramatic readings of Stephen Belber’s 1999 play to ignite powerful discussions about consent, sexual assault, rape, and power dynamics.