Fall Major Production: Demos Kratos

The Black Box Theatre, L.R. Wilson Hall

10/11/2018, 2:00 pm - TO 10/11/2018 - 3:30 pm

Organizer: School of the Arts

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Demos Kratos by Marilo Nunez

Devised in collaboration with students at McMaster University

What does it take to step from democracy to dictatorship? Control of public spaces, gradual shifts in the law, a missing person, a stock market crash? Across the world intolerance and bigotry are finding new voices and the threat of fascism once more looms over our liberal democracies. It may seem a distant possibility here in Canada, but history tells us that shifts of power can come quickly and unannounced. Inspired by Sophocles’ Antigone, Marilo Nunez’s new play, Demos Kratos, imagines a disturbing future that could be just around the corner. When Libertad Cortez’s ancient grandmother goes missing she has to find the courage to confront the oppressive forces challenging the freedoms of our land.

Marilo Nunez, this year’s recipient of the Hamilton Arts award, has been working with students as playwright-in-residence since May, funded by the Socrates Project. In Theatre and Film Studies’ spring research and development class, Nunez ran devising workshops with students and incorporated their story ideas, images, and design concepts into the writing of her play.