The Oedipus Project: Nobel Prize Summit – Our Planet, Our Future

The Oedipus Project: Nobel Prize Summit – Our Planet, Our Future

A dramatic reading of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King as a catalyst for a powerful, global conversation about environmental justice.


The Oedipus Project presents acclaimed actors reading scenes from Sophocles’ Oedipus the King on Zoom as a catalyst for powerful, constructive, global conversations about climate change, ecological disaster, and environmental justice. Sophocles’ ancient play, first performed in 429 BC, just after a plague that killed nearly one-third of the Athenian population, is a story of arrogant leadership, ignored prophecy, intergenerational curses, willful blindness, and a pestilence and ecological collapse that ravages the archaic city of Thebes. Seen through this lens, Oedipus the King appears to have been a powerful tool for helping Athenians communalize trauma and loss, while interrogating their own complicit role in the suffering, not just of those around them but of generations to come.

This event is presented as part of the Nobel Prize Summit: Our Planet, Our Future, hosted by the Nobel Foundation and organized by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in partnership with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research/Stockholm Resilience Centre/Beijer Institute.

You are warmly invited to register for the full Nobel Prize Summit, ” Our Planet, Our Future” on April 26-28, 2021.

Featuring performances by Bill Murray (Lost in Translation)Corey Hawkins (Straigt Outta Compton), Frances McDormand (Nomadland), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)Frankie Faison (The Wire), David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck), Marjolaine Goldsmith (Company Manager of Theater of War Productions), and Jumaane Williams (New York City Public Advocate), and a Chorus of Nobel Prize-winning scientists, including Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Harold Varmus.

Translated, 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.


Closed Captioning is available for all attendees for the entire duration of the event, please click the CC button at the bottom of your screen to see the captions. Caption size is adjustable using the arrow on the CC button.



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