Prometheus Bound: Connecting the Arts and Human Rights

The arts can be a powerful venue for championing human rights, by educating and inspiring the audience to take action.

Amnesty International is proud to announce our partnership with the American Repertory Theater’s production of Prometheus Bound, written by Tony and Grammy Award-winning playwright Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) and Grammy Award-winning composer Serj Tankian (of the band System of a Down).

This new musical is inspired by Aeschylus’s Ancient Greek tragedy about the heroic struggle of Western civilization’s first prisoner of conscience. Prometheus Bound tells the story of Prometheus, the Titan who defied Zeus by giving the human race both fire and art. The ancient story is made relevant to modern-day struggles against tyranny, giving a voice to those being silenced or endangered by oppressors today.

The A.R.T. will dedicate the run of Prometheus Bound to eight modern day prisoners of conscience and the fight against human rights abuses all over the world. After each performance, the audience will be given the tools to take immediate action and the opportunity to engage with Amnesty International and other human rights advocates.