The Nurse Antigone – Theater of War Productions

Thursday, Apr 21, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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A dramatic reading of Sophocles’ Antigone to help frame powerful, guided discussions about challenges faced by nurses.

This is the second installment in our twelve-part series, The Nurse Antigone. A groundbreaking project by and for nurses, The Nurse Antigone presents dramatic readings of Sophocles’ Antigone on Zoom—featuring professional actors and a chorus of frontline nurses—to help frame powerful, guided discussions about the unique challenges faced by nurses before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Antigone, an ancient play about a young woman who puts everything on the line to do what she believes is right, dramatizes the heavy cost of silencing and marginalizing caregivers, especially during times of crisis. By performing Sophocles’ play for diverse audiences, including nurses as well as concerned citizens, The Nurse Antigone aims to generate compassion, awareness, connection, and much-needed healing, while celebrating and advocating for nurses at this critical juncture in the history of their profession. 

Featuring performances by Tracie Thoms (Rent), Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), John Turturro (The Batman), Ato Blankson-Wood (Detroit), Keith David (Armageddon), Craig Manbauman (Nurse, Poet, US Air Force Veteran), Sandy Cayo (Board Certified Nurse Practitioner), Elizabeth Hazlewood (RN, BSN, MSA), and NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

Co-presented by Theater of War Productions, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and the Resilient Nurses Initiative – Maryland.

Hosted by the Greater NYC Black Nurses Association.

Supported by a generous grant from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

The Nurse Antigone will take place on Zoom Webinar and can be accessed on personal devices. The event Zoom link will be distributed via email and available to registered attendees starting 2 days prior to the event.

This event will be captioned in English.

All of Theater of War Productions‘ events follow the same format:

  • The performers will read the text.
  • 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.