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“Acts of Violence”: scenes from Seneca’s *Thyestes*


*Acts of Violence* is a public health project, developed and produced by Outside the Wire, that presents scenes from Seneca’s *Thyestes*, a Roman tragedy that was written during the gruesome reign of Nero, as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the impact of political violence upon individuals, families, caregivers, health and human rights advocates, communities, and nations. This unique participatory event is designed to generate open discussion among diverse audiences to raise awareness, foster compassion, and inspire action with regard to the consequences of political violence in communities throughout the world.


David Patrick Kelly is well known for crafting memorable roles in the films of Walter Hill, David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood, among others. He has performed some of the greatest roles in the classical canon on Broadway and at leading theatres throughout the United States. He was awarded a special OBIE for sustained excellence for his work in classical, avant-garde and new plays.


T. Ryder Smith appeared on Broadway in War Horse, and opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Equus, and Off-Broadway opposite Mary-Louise Parker in Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Other work in NY includes Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel, (Drama Desk Nomination), Marat/Sade, with the Classic Theatre of Harlem, and Lebensraum (Drama Desk Award), as well as the world premieres of plays by Richard Foreman, Anne Washburn, and David Greenspan. Regional Theatre work includes world premiere productions at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, the La Jolla playhouse, LA’s Center Theatre Group, the Dallas Theatre Center, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.


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