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Written and performed by Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson

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Episode 3: How Republics Fall Apart

Denis & Lisa explore how the organizing principles behind the Roman Republic crumbled and what the future might hold for the American political system. Featuring original short film Cicero’s Dream.

 

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WHAT THE HELL IS A REPUBLIC, ANYWAY?

 

In this tumultuous moment for American democracy, playwrights Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson find it increasingly urgent to focus on what America can learn from the republic that inspired ours: the Roman Republic. This political entity lasted for nearly 500 years before it slid into an autocratic empire. As they dive deep into this 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?

 

NYTW Usual Suspects O’Hare and Peterson return to NYTW following their acclaimed 2012 production of An Iliad. This four-episode series, WHAT THE HELL IS A REPUBLIC, ANYWAY?, brings their collaborative process of theatre-making to the forefront as they turn to the Roman Republic and countdown to the 2020 election. You can book a single episode or take in all four parts to immerse yourself.

 

WHAT THE HELL IS A REPUBLIC, ANYWAY? Project Team

Dramaturg Anna Morton

Assistant Director Sam West

Project Manager Merrick A.B. Williams

Transcriber Katie Devin Orenstein

Video Editor, Cicero’s Dream Casey Stein