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Antigone in Ferguson

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense

About the show

Theater of War presents a free, encore staging of their project, which fuses a dramatic reading from Sophocles’ tragedy with live choral music sung by a chorus of activists, police officers, and youth from Ferguson and NYC. More…

"Antigone in Ferguson" was conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014, through a collaboration between Theater of War Productions and community members from Ferguson, MO. The performance is the catalyst for panel and audience-driven discussions on race and social justice, the core component of the event. This multifaceted production will offer a glimpse not only into the effects of the tragedy in Brown’s local community, but also the trauma of police violence and racial injustice in communities of color in New York and across the nation.

Tickets: Tickets are FREE but RSVP is encouraged. For inquiries, please contact (917) 426-3233 or 

Member Reviews (18)


Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense
Avg Score

Mixed acting, Strong singing, Relevant, Very loud, Ambitious

See it if you like social justice initiatives. Diverse cast/audience. Big-hearted, energetic. Universal questns of laws v. mortality. Vocal fireworks

Don't see it if you want polished script/songs/perfrmances. Storytelling's weak; lyrics are meh. But gr feeling in church; desire to heal, to connect.

Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great singing

See it if Epic Greek tragedy stripped to its core dramatically, emotionally & vocally Use of Gospel singers as Chorus inspired & moving Actors excel

Don't see it if Dramatic evening is combined with community action/town hall discussion over #blacklivesmatter issues Potent but maybe not for all tastes

Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Political, Great singing

See it if you love gospel choirs. The singing is amazing. And it's free.

Don't see it if you dislike political discussion. The Sophocles' play has been altered to make a point which is then commented on by audience members.


See it if Trying to make parallels to situations today at least gives it some points

Don't see it if Misses the beauty of Sophocles language - too modern otherwise. The discussion afterwards was more interesting/memorable than the play

Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Great gospel music powers this show with so so acting by the leads and celebrity drop-in​ guests.

Don't see it if It's about the topics and it is ambitious and relevant and meaningful and worth seeing, but also smug and predictable, and pretentious.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Great singing, Resonant, Profound

See it if for a generous, moving, hopeful, truly communal experience. Actors, choirs & regular folk show up to mull timeless tale & its truths today.

Don't see it if Go. Unique NYC experience sure to inspire & humble you, both the performance & ensuing discussion. And it's free—even cookie & book at exit!

Also RSVP or just show up! Spread the word!

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you can see the correlation between a 2500 year old play & the history we are living through at this very moment in time;

Don't see it if you don't believe that those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it; don't want to think, period.

Also This is more of a reading than a play- an abbreviated version of Antig... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Relevant, Profound, Great singing, Clever

See it if you appreciage great gospel singing, support youth groups, you are an activist, you like classics with a spin. Amazing venue, beautiful

Don't see it if you don't like gospel singing, need elaborate setting, don't want to be in a church, are not a supporter, don't want politics in a show

Also This is something that is defintiely different. The signing is amazing... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Lousy sightlines, Great singing, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you can get there early for a seat up front or you don't mind not seeing alot of the action, which really isn't that important in this prodn

Don't see it if you want a well structured story, this is a condensed version of Sophocles' play

Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You love committed and heartfelt singing and acting in an ancient play which is more relevant now than ever. Just amazing performances.

Don't see it if You do not like intense shows with a strong message.

Also This show which has a very limited run has revolving casts (often of T... Read more Read less

Riveting, Intense, Relevant, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you want to share an emotionally charged evening with the performers who are very much with you about a super relevant show about injustice

Don't see it if you want more of an entertaining evening, more than a gospel choir, more than Greek drama in translation, if politics doesn't pull you in

Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if enjoy social commentary on relevent events through theatre and music. Beautiful piece. Great acting. Amazing choral pieces.

Don't see it if don't like theatre or current events. Hey, the tickets are FREE and the show is great. How often does that happen? See it.

Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if you are looking for a brief but striking adaptation of a Greek classic, you enjoy storytelling with the aide of song

Don't see it if you don't like Greek tragedies

Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like gospel and readings

Don't see it if you want a plot, and obvious connections -- it was hard to understand the relationship between Antigone and Ferguson

Disappointing, Banal

See it if You're interested in social justice and sparking thoughtful conversations

Don't see it if This show is actually 2/3 staged reading and 1/3 talkback. Not truly a play by any means

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Intense

See it if You love theater that makes you think, inspires you, wanna see good acting and good singing brought together.

Don't see it if You don't like Greek tragedies (although this will make you change your mind).

Great acting, Great singing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You're ready to have your thoughts challenged. It won't hurt, because there will be amazing music to accompany the process.

Don't see it if You're close-minded or are looking for a straight-forward production. This is an experience, you will not be passive.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Really beautiful retelling of Antigone accompanied by a thought provoking and unique conversation about race, gender, faith, and justice

Don't see it if You’re unwilling to engage thoughtfully with the material, don’t like modern retellings of classic scripts

September 14th, 2018
for a previous production "In this production, every member of the audience is also a member of a chorus...'Antigone in Ferguson,' specifically, is meant to open the door on the thoughts and feelings aroused by the shooting of the 18-year-old Mr. Brown...With force and focus, they unspooled the events that lead to Antigon...
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September 30th, 2018
for a previous production "Doerries has given the cast a trim hour-long version...Behind them a tip-top band and a choir full of gospel powerhouses sings Phil Woodmore’s wonderful settings of Sophocles’ famous choruses...All is revealed in the crucial second half of the show, a panel and guided discussion...What almost ne...
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September 21st, 2018
for a previous production “The 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown inspired this exuberant concert-style presentation...Doerries’ proficient staging transforms it all into a novel, entertaining and emotionally charged experience...The cast changes weekly...The format is of the cast at music stands with scripts expressiv...
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September 16th, 2018
for a previous production "The piece becomes a direct reaction to Michael Brown’s murder in 2014, a tragedy that feels inappropriately distant today...From the get go, the production makes it clear that it’s not entertainment, but a lens through which to examine how our reality is oversaturated with violence...If you are ...
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