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The Suppliants Project: Ukraine, Notre Dame Forum

Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries

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The Suppliants Project: Ukraine will present dramatic readings of Aeschylus’ Suppliants live in-person in the University of Notre Dame's iconic football stadium on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. EDT—featuring professional actors and a chorus of Ukrainian students—to help frame guided discussions about the impact of war on individuals, families, and communities. Using a 2,500-year-old text as the catalyst for powerful, global dialogue, The Suppliants Project: Ukraine seeks to amplify and humanize the voices and perspectives of people whose lives have been touched by war, including refugees, students, activists, and artists from Ukraine and other countries, who participate in the performance and discussion, both in person and virtually from locations all over the world. The Oct. 3 event at Notre Dame represents the second installment of the project that seeks to engage both local and global audiences.

The Suppliants is an ancient Greek play about a group of refugees who seek asylum in the city of Argos from forced marriage and violence. The play not only depicts the struggle of these refugees to cross a border into safety, but also the internal struggle within the country that ultimately receives them, as its citizens wrestle with how best to address the crisis at their border and whether to go to war on behalf of the refugees seeking their protection.

Featuring performances by Golden Globe-winning and Emmy Award-winning actor Anthony Edwards (Top Gun, E.R., Inventing Anna), Emmy Award-winning actor Keith David (Nope, Armageddon, The Thing), actor Tate Donovan (Friends, The O.C., Hercules) and Ukrainian students from Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv who are studying at the University of Notre Dame for the 2022 Fall Semester: Bohdana Yakobchuk, Kristina Obluchynska, Olenka Tsyhankova, Olha Droniak, Yaryna Pysko, Solomiia Rozlutska, and Sofia Dobko.

This special event is presented as part of the Notre Dame Forum 2022-2023: War & Peace.

Directed, facilitated, and translated from Ancient Greek to English by Bryan Doerries.

Play translated from English into Ukrainian by Oksana Yakushko and Ganna Stembkovska.

Produced by Marjolaine Goldsmith.

Support for our digital programming is provided, in part, by the Mellon Foundation.

The Suppliants Project 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 and Ukrainian with audio interpretation in English and Ukrainian.

Понеділок, 3 жовтня 2022 р, 19:00 EDT

Проект Suppliants: Україна представить драматичне читання «Благальникі» Есхіла наживо на легендарному футбольному стадіоні Університету Норт-Дам 3 жовтня о 19:00 за EDT – з участю професійних акторів і хору українських студентів – щоб допомогти створити міжнародну дискусію про вплив війни на на людей, родини та громади.

Використовуючи 2500-річний текст як каталізатор потужного глобального діалогу, проект Suppliants: Україна прагне посилити та гуманізувати голоси та погляди людей, життя яких торкнулася війна, зокрема біженців, студентів, активістів та митців, з України та інших країн, які беруть участь у виставі та обговоренні як в прямому ефірі, так і віртуально з різних куточків світу. Подія 3 жовтня в Нотр-Дамі є другою частиною проекту, який прагне залучити як місцеву, так і глобальну аудиторію.

Подія буде з субтитрами англійською та з аудіоперекладом українською та англійською мовами.

Режисер, фасилітатор і переклад із давньогрецької на англійську Браян Доерріс. Переклад п’єси з англійської на українську Оксани Якушко.

Представлено в рамках Форуму Норте-Дам 2022-2023: Війна і мир

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

  • 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.

Cast Members

  • Keith David Headshot

    Keith David

  • Anthony Edwards Headshot

    Anthony Edwards

  • Tate Donovan Headshot

    Tate Donovan

  • Soffia Dobko Headshot

    Soffia Dobko

  • Solomiia Rozlutska Headshot

    Solomiia Rozlutska

  • Yaryna Pysko Headshot

    Yaryna Pysko

  • Olha Droniak Headshot

    Olha Droniak

  • Bohdana Yakobchuk Headshot

    Bohdana Yakobchuk

  • Olenka Tsyhankova Headshot

    Olenka Tsyhankova

  • Kristina Bohdanova Obluchynska Headshot

    Kristina Bohdanova Obluchynska

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