Iconic Notre Dame Stadium will provide the backdrop for The Suppliants Project: Ukraine, in partnership with Theater of War Productions.
Featuring Emmy-winning actors, Anthony Edwards and Keith David as well as actor/director Tate Donovan and 7 Ukrainian students currently studying at Notre Dame, the cast will perform a dramatic reading of Aeschylus’ play The Suppliants, a Greek tragedy about the costs of war. Following the reading, a panel of Notre Dame community members who have experienced violence and war in countries around the world will offer their reactions and experiences, kicking off a town-hall style global discussion designed to draw out our reactions to the themes of the play, foster empathy, compassion and a deeper understanding of complex issues, and help us consider our role as peace-makers in the world.
About the performance:
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 members of the Notre Dame community and beyond whose lives have been touched by war, who will participate in the performance and discussion, both in person and virtually from locations all over the world.
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.
This is a free event, all are welcome.
Directed, facilitated, and translated by Bryan Doerries, Theater of War Productions, and produced by Marjolaine Goldsmith.
Originally published at forum2022.nd.edu.