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Off-Broadway News Antigone in Ferguson Begins at Harlem Stage The adaptation makes real-life parallels between the Greek tragedy and the tragic death of Michael Brown in 2014. Samira Wiley to star in select performances.
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Harlem Stage kicks off a free, five-week run of Antigone in Ferguson September 13 featuring a rotating cast of actors including The Handmaid’s Tale Emmy winner Samira Wiley as Antigone (September 25–30).

Drawing from the the tragic death of Michael Brown in 2014, the adaptation uses Sophocles’ original text combined with live choral music performed by a choir of activists, police officers, youth, and concerned citizens from Ferguson, Missouri and New York City.

Presented as a staged reading, the production is a collaboration between Harlem Stage, Theater of War Productions and community members from Ferguson. Following each performance, there will be a moderated conversation on race and social justice.

Antigone in Ferguson is translated and directed by Bryan Doerries and composed by Phil Woodmore.

Throughout the run, a roster of actors will join the presentation. Other cast members include Paul Giamatti (Billions), Tamara Tunie (Law & Order: SVU), David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck), Adepero Oduye (12 Years a Slave), Frankie Faison (The Wire), and Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal Intent).

Wiley is reprising her starring role from the show's debut on the stage of Mr. Brown’s high school in Ferguson in 2016.

Tickets will be available August 13. Click here for more information on how to reserve.

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