Theater of War

The Oedipus Project


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

A dramatic reading of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King as a catalyst for powerful, guided conversations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

A black and white flyer for The Oedipus Project, from Theater of War Productions with photos of John Turturro, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Oscar Isaac, Frankie Faison, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and David Strathairn, and text indicating that this event is sponsored by the Summer Nostos Festival.

The Brooklyn Rail invites you to a live performance from our friends at Theater of War Productions:

The Oedipus Project is an innovative digital initiative by Theater of War Productions that will present acclaimed actors performing scenes from Sophocles’ Oedipus the King as a catalyst for powerful, healing online conversations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic upon diverse communities throughout the world. Sophocles’ ancient play, written and performed in 429 BC during the time of a plague that killed one-third of the Athenian population, is a timeless story of arrogant leadership, ignored prophecy, and a pestilence that ravages the city of Thebes. At the time the play was first performed, the audience would have been reeling in the wake of a pestilence and its economic, political, and social aftermath. Seen through this lens Oedipus the King appears to have been a powerful public health tool for helping Athenians communalize the trauma of the plague, through a story that is as relevant now as it was in its own time. Learn more »

Featuring performances by: Frances McDormand, Oscar Isaac, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Frankie Faison, David Strathairn, Glenn Davis, Marjolaine Goldsmith, and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

Translated, directed and facilitated by Bryan Doerries

The event will follow this format:

  • The actors will read the play.
  • Four 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, you will 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 when entering the event.

Closed Captioning is available for all attendees for the entire duration of the event, in English and Greek. Please click the CC button at the bottom of your screen to see the captions. Caption size is adjustable using the arrow on the CC button.

Please register to experience this event. The event Zoom link will be distributed and available to registered attendees starting 2 days prior to the event, on June 22nd.

Theater of War Productions and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation are proud to celebrate their longstanding, ten-year partnership with this special performance of The Oedipus Project for a large, international audience through the Summer Nostos Festival.

Co-presented by the Summer Nostos Festival by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Theater of War Productions. The Brooklyn Public Library, New York City Office of The Public Advocate and the Weissman Family Foundation.