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The Suppliants Project

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Dramatic readings of scenes from Aeschylus' The Suppliants as a catalyst for powerful discussions about immigration and the refugee crisis.

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The Suppliants Project presents dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of scenes from Aeschylus’ play The Suppliants—an ancient tragedy about fifty female refugees who seek asylum in the ancient city of Argos, and the struggle within that city about whether to receive them—as a catalyst for powerful, candid discussions about human trafficking, immigration, and the current refugee crisis.

Co-presented by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts and Culture Initiative at the University of California, Irvine, Theater of War Productions, Northwestern University, and University of Chicago, with support from Northwestern University’s Department of Classics, Classics Cluster, Department of Political Science, and the Simeon Leland Forum Fund.

Featuring performances by David Zayas (Dexter), David Denman (The Office), Andrea Patterson (Blue Bloods), Frankie Faison (The Wire), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent), and Dorina Castillo.

Support for our digital programming is provided, in part, by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Translated, and directed, and facilitated by Bryan Doerries.

The event Zoom link will be distributed and available to registered attendees starting 2 days prior to the event.

All of Theater of War Productions' events follow the same 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.

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