Handmaid’s Tale’s Samira Wiley to Star as Antigone in New Ferguson-Inspired Adaptation | Playbill

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Off-Broadway News Handmaid’s Tale’s Samira Wiley to Star as Antigone in New Ferguson-Inspired Adaptation Paul Giamatti, Tamara Tunie, and more will also star in the co-production from Harlem Stage and Theater of War Productions.
Samira Wiley, Paul Giamatti, Tamara Tunie
Samira Wiley, Paul Giamatti, Tamara Tunie Shutterstock/Marc J. Franklin

The Handmaid’s Tale and Orange is the New Black star Samira Wiley is set to star as Antigone in a free, five-week run of Antigone in Ferguson at Harlem Stage. The play with live choral music is a new adaption of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy inspired by the tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014.

The presentation is a collaboration between Theater of War Productions and community members from Ferguson, Missouri, and will kick off Harlem Stage's 2018–2019 season.

Antigone in Ferguson is translated and directed by Bryan Doerries and composed by Phil Woodmore. Presented as a staged reading, performances are free and open to the public, and will begin September 13. The run is scheduled through October 13. Following the performance will be a moderated conversation on race and social justice.

The presentation will feature a rotating roster of actors, including Wiley, who will reprise her starring role from the show's debut on the stage of Mr. Brown’s high school in Ferguson in 2016.

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).

Antigone in Ferguson draws from Sophocles’ original text combined with live choral music performed by a choir of activists, police officers, youth, and concerned citizens from Ferguson and New York City.

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

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