GAMBIER, Ohio — Knox County residents are invited to a free virtual workshop at 7:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 10, with Theater of War Productions, as part of the social impact company’s yearlong virtual residency with Kenyon College.
For more than a decade, 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 90-minute workshop session — open to Kenyon students, faculty, staff and residents of Knox County — Theater of War Productions will present a scene from “Oedipus at Colonus” by Sophocles (based on a new translation by Artistic Director Bryan Doerries '98) in order to frame a discussion about how the company’s model works and how it might be applied to specific issues that affect people living in Knox County.
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”). A guided audience discussion will follow, focused on identifying potential issues, texts and collaborators for the development of a new Theater of War project with Kenyon that will be presented this spring.
To register for this free Zoom event, visit https://towworkshop.eventbrite.com (password: knox).
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Theater of War Productions works with leading film, theater, and television actors to present dramatic readings of seminal plays—from classical Greek tragedies to modern and contemporary works—followed by town hall-style discussions designed to confront social issues by drawing out raw and personal reactions to themes highlighted in the plays. The guided discussions underscore how the plays resonate with contemporary audiences and invite audience members to share their perspectives and experiences, and, helping to break down stigmas, foster empathy, compassion, and a deeper understanding of complex issues. Over the past decade, Theater of War Productions has facilitated events for more than 300,000 people, presenting over 20 tailored programs targeted to diverse communities across the globe.