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Agora Conversations invite thinkers, creatives, and activists to share bold ideas that shed light on the lived experiences of Chicagoans today; they are intended to connect the ideas on Court’s stage with current events. The inaugural discussion will complement Antigone.
Systems of oppression configure our daily lives through an omnipresent, inconspicuous architecture. When we pause to interrogate the design of our world, we inevitably find incongruencies between who has power and who does not, who has mobility and who is restricted. The central crisis at the heart of Antigone’s plot is the heroine’s choice to openly perform a defiant act of love, which in turn, challenges the legitimacy of an entire empire. Each panelist in this inaugural Agora Conversation is similarly committed to challenging systems of oppression. Through their advocacy, they promote a hypervisibility—a real-world theater of refusal—that centers histories and lived experiences that have been historically suppressed.
The event takes place on Monday, February 12 at Experimental Station (6100 S Blackstone Ave). Doors open and optional pre-show Communal Activations begin at 6:00pm, and the conversation begins at 6:30pm. Agora Conversations are free and open to the public, and reservations are required.
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Antigone → Feb 2 - 25, 2024
As Antigone mourns her brothers who have murdered each other in a civil war, she must decide if she will sacrifice her life to balance the scales of justice. Featuring Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall's translation, this production - directed by Associate Artistic Director Gabrielle Randle-Bent - renders Sophocles's masterwork electrifyingly alive.