It takes resilience and courage to live one’s principles regardless of the pressure of the crowd. Jewish political philosopher Hannah Arendt and African-American writers James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison did so fervently. Forged in the hostile environments of Nazi Germany and segregated America, they withstood criticism — demanding that they be more liberal, more radical, less queer — throughout their careers to give voice only to their own intellectually tested convictions. In doing so, all three became Olympians of American 20th-century thought.
The Olympians explores the lives and ideas of Arendt, Baldwin and Ellison, their intersection in the political realm, and the meaning of their political ideas today.
Written by Lisa Scott
Directed by Elizabeth Swanson
Presented as part of Piven Theatre Workshop’s Lab@Piven series – check out the full season here