Bringing together police and community through theatre
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Jul 11, 2017 | 10813 views | 0 0 comments | 478 478 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Saturday, July 15th, the Brooklyn Public Library will put on a production of “Antigone in Ferguson” in Brownsville in order to help bridge the growing divide between the community and law enforcement.

“Antigone,” is an ancient Greek tragedy written by playwright Sophocles around 441 BC. The play focuses on themes such as the individual versus the state, moral law versus human law, the role of women and pride. Theater of War Productions has used themes and scenes from “Antigone” in the dramatic reading of “Antigone in Ferguson,” which represent modern day situations like the clashes between police and community in Ferguson, Missouri and beyond.

The performance in Brownsville will delve into the conflict between the state’s desire for security and an individual’s conscience.

Accompanying the actors will be a live gospel choir featuring Philip Woodmore’s original music. The uniqueness of the gospel choir is that it consists of diverse residents hailing from Brooklyn, St. Louis and the general police community. Following the play, residents of Brownsville will be able to partake in an open discussion with activists against violence and the police. NYC Department of Veteran’s Services Public Artist in Residence Bryan Doerries and Theater of War Productions will lead the discussion.

People are encouraged to share their experiences, which organizers hope will lead to understanding, compassion and the building of trust. The goal is to also help people heal from their personal experiences with violence in their neighborhoods. Organizers will also provide a free barbecue for the community gathering.

Doerries and Theater of War Productions will host a series of free productions at 60 venues throughout the city over the next two years. Productions will address critical public health and social issues. All events are free.

The event will take place at Howard Playground (60 Glenmore Avenue) in Brownsville, which is adjacent to the Brownsville Library branch. The event will run on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

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