Episode 5: What Happens Next?
Two weeks after the 2020 U.S. Election, Denis & Lisa gather with audience members from all four previous episodes for a discussion on artifacts, personal narratives on and after Election Day, and examining individual elements in the notion of a collective ideal republic.
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