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Democracy Is Coming

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Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming 

Co-presented by Onassis USA and The Public Theater

A festival of arts and ideas that celebrates, reevaluates, and considers anew the concept of democracy in the one space that has, since Greek antiquity, allowed citizens to engage peacefully and constructively with serious and often divisive issues, be they social, political, religious, or ideological: a public theater. Through a multidisciplinary program of theater, music, dance, talks, and visual art, Onassis USA and The Public Theater, two agitators of public curiosity—one Greek, one American—offer a joint project that brings together Greek and American artists and thinkers to bridge the origins of democracy with its evolution, its violent and idealistic past with its distorted present, and offer artistic interpretations about its current state and future.

Democracy, which literally means “the rule of the people,” is perhaps the most celebrated Greek innovation. But even as we generally acknowledge it as the best political system available to us compared to its alternatives, democracy is still deeply flawed. Historically, it has given rise to corrupt leaders, or, as Plato warned, evolved into tyranny. Wherever and whenever democracy “arrived,” to remove power from the hands of the few and deliver it to the many, its landing was not peaceful, but vengeful and violent. So where can we turn to consider the concept of democracy today in its most ideal form?


Tickets for Onassis members go on sale on Jan 17 at 11 AM:

1. Go to publictheater.org.
2. Enter ONASSIS19 in the box that says "I have a promo code" underneath the calendar.
3. Once your code has been accepted, click the performance you want and this will take you to a seating chart and checkout page.

To purchase tickets by phone, call 212.967.7555and use the code ONASSIS19

Festival Schedule

April 10-April 28, 2019

1:30

pm, Sunday, April 21 Sun, April 21

Socrates

1:30-4pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

3:00

pm, Sunday, April 21 Sun, April 21

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

3-4pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

7:00

pm, Sunday, April 21 Sun, April 21

The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

7-8pm , La MaMa

THE FEVER tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

  • Performance

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

7:00

pm, Monday, April 22 Mon, April 22

Public Shakespeare Presents: What's Hecuba to Him?

7-9pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

Ancient Greek plays – and in particular their titanic, tragic women – exerted a powerful and uncharted influence on Shakespeare's dramati...

  • Reading

7:30

pm, Tuesday, April 23 Tue, April 23

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

7:30

pm, Wednesday, April 24 Wed, April 24

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

7:30

pm, Thursday, April 25 Thu, April 25

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

7:30

pm, Friday, April 26 Fri, April 26

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

1:30

pm, Saturday, April 27 Sat, April 27

Socrates

1:30-2pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

7:30

pm, Saturday, April 27 Sat, April 27

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. ...

  • Theater

1:30

pm, Sunday, April 28 Sun, April 28

Socrates

1:30-4pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought....

  • Theater

7:30

pm, Sunday, April 28 Sun, April 28

Socrates

7:30-10pm , Martinson Hall at The Public Theater

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. April...

  • Theater