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WHAT THE HELL IS A REPUBLIC, ANYWAY?

New York Theatre Workshop

written & performed by Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson
August 20

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Theater Department season. This is an archived view.

An interactive examination of community, democracy and what made the Roman Republic fall.

New York Theatre Workshop

In this tumultuous moment of American democracy, playwrights O'Hare and Peterson find it increasingly urgent to focus on what America can learn from the republic that inspired ours: the Roman Republic. This political force lasted for nearly 500 years before it slid into dictatorship. As they dive into this deep history, O'Hare and Peterson expose their own process, demonstrating the difficulties around collaboration. They ask: is it possible to reach consensus? How can two points of view converge in a united vision? Can a democratic system sustain itself in a just way? Is there any way our republic can survive? Join us for this work-in-progress showing and stay for a live Q&A with the artists, moderated by Sam West '20.

About NYTW and Our Partnership

NYTW's goal is to impact the field of theater and bring new work to mainstream stages. NYTW supports the visionary work of artists through residencies, fellowships and workshops — laboratories of experimentation. With a commitment to pushing aesthetic boundaries and amplifying new voices, NYTW asks what it means to be alive today and inspires audiences' new perspectives and understandings.

Every August, the company brings their work to Dartmouth for a three-week residency to develop and perform new works-in-progress by some of today's most innovative professional playwrights and directors. Recent Dartmouth residency projects have included We Live In Cairo, which premiered at Boston's American Repertory Theater in 2019, and Hadestown, which won eight 2019 Tony awards for its current Broadway production.

Read more about our collaboration with NYTW.

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