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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. 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.

Featuring performances by Margaret Atwood (Author of The Handmaid's Tale), Frankie Faison (The Wire), Jessie Buckley (Women Talking), Jumaane Williams (Public Advocate NYC), Ato Blankson-Wood (When They See Us), Marjolaine Goldsmith (Dress), Jeannette (Jeannie) Meyer, (Clinical Nurse Specialist for Palliative Care at UCLA Health, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital) Jason Kirchick (MEDSURG-RN University of Vermont Medical Center), Olivia Williams-Coombs (RN, RM, CEN, University Hospital Of the West Indies, Jamaica), Adrian Brown (Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner Student, Pacific Lutheran University), and Alysia Erin Pack (Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Old Dominion University- School of Nursing).

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.

Co-hosted by Sigma.

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.

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?

Cast Members

  • Jessie Buckley Headshot

    Jessie Buckley

    Antigone

  • Margaret Atwood Headshot

    Margaret Atwood

    Tiresias

  • Frankie Faison Headshot

    Frankie Faison

  • Marjolaine Goldsmith Headshot

    Marjolaine Goldsmith

    Ismene

  • Ato Blankson Wood Headshot

    Ato Blankson Wood

  • Jumaane Williams Headshot

    Jumaane Williams

  • Adrian Brown Headshot

    Adrian Brown

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