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Hoi Polloi

Please Note: For sold out shows, Manbites Dog will start an in-person waiting list the night of the show, when they open the box office (7:00 pm). Strictly in-person, no advance sign-up.


Brooklyn theater company Hoi Polloi creates full-throttle theatrical experiences that look at how Americans come together and how we fall apart. In that vein, the OBIE Award-winning company the New York Times lauded for their “audacity, invention, and talent” takes on the father of western philosophy’s blueprint for nation-building: Plato’s Republic.

With Republic, Hoi Polloi creates a dream-like theatrical experience that tackles the massive moral questions raised by Socrates, against an ever-shifting backdrop of characters and settings. An intimate audience at Durham’s Manbites Dog Theater joins their symposium, addressing a fundamental human question: Why be good? Artistic Director Alec Duffy, a Duke graduate, developed Republic over a two-year residency on campus; the result is an adventure that stimulates both the senses and the synapses.

Post-performance conversation on Friday, February 21 with Hoi Polloi’s Alec Duffy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ Wayne Norman, moderated by Duke Performances’ Aaron Greenwald.
Funded, in part, with a Visiting Artist Grant from the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University, and support from the Department of Theater Studies at Duke University.

  • Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 8:15pm