Open to Public
A groundbreaking project by and for nurses, The Nurse Antigonepresents 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.
Hosted by the Organization of Nurse Leaders - MA, RI, NH, CT, VT (ONL).
Supported by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
Support for our digital programming is provided, in part, by the Mellon Foundation.
The Nurse Antigone will take place on Zoom Webinar and can be accessed on personal devices. The event Zoom link will be distributed via email and available to registered attendees starting 2 days prior to the event.
This event will be captioned in English.
All of Theater of War Productions' events follow the same format:
- The performers will read the text.
- Community panelists will kick off the discussion with their gut responses to what resonated with them across time
- We will open the discussion to the audience, facilitated by Bryan Doerries. During the discussion, please raise your hand using the button at the bottom center of the screen. If called upon, please accept the invitation to be promoted to speak and you will be visible and heard by the entire audience for the duration of your comments. If you would prefer not to be seen, please disable your video.
We have partnered with Corporate Counseling Associates (CCA) to offer nurses in attendance two types of emotional well-being support following the performance, if needed. These are free, confidential services.
If you are a nurse, for immediate support regarding your emotional experience with the performance, call 855-282-8025 to speak with a professional mental health counselor between the hours of 7pm to 12am ET tonight.
If you are a nurse, for assistance with non-urgent psychological well-being needs, please email your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about available resources.
As an HR Consulting firm and premium EAP provider, CCA helps organizations to enhance the emotional well-being of their workforce and improve workplace culture. Going beyond traditional EAP, CCA’s built-to-order programs incorporate innovative mental health resources, cutting-edge technology, learning and development programs, and coaching and consulting expertise. CCA has extensive experience serving the healthcare industry, having provided services for hospital systems, healthcare institutions, and medical professionals for over 37 years. CCA’s team of clinical and mental health professionals have a deep understanding of the unique challenges that caregivers encounter in their work. The company provides support services and wellbeing solutions for nurses, that were developed by nurses, with care and confidentiality.
We have also partnered with Community Building Art Works to extend offer free writing workshops to healthcare workers who attend The Nurse Antigone. CBAW offers a weekly Zoom workshop to support healthcare workers struggling with burnout, compassion fatigue, & moral injury. For more information click here.
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?
Pandemic & Climate CrisisThe Oedipus Project
The Oedipus Project presents acclaimed actors reading scenes from Sophocles’ Oedipus the King as a catalyst for powerful, constructive, global conversations about the climate crisis, ecological disaster, environmental justice, and healing online conversations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic upon diverse communities throughout the world. Sophocles’ ancient play, first performed in 429 BC, just after the first wave of a plague that killed nearly one-third of the Athenian population, is a story of arrogant leadership, ignored prophecy, intergenerational curses, and a pestilence and ecological collapse that ravages the archaic city of Thebes. Seen through this lens, Oedipus the King appears to have been a powerful tool for helping Athenians communalize trauma and loss, while interrogating their own complicit role in the suffering, not just of those around them but of generations to come.
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.
Drawing from an ancient Greek tragedy about a vicious act of violence committed by an angry man with an invincible weapon, this project aims to generate powerful dialogue between concerned citizens, members of the law enforcement community, victims and perpetrators of gun violence, and the general public.