Fall Play - ANTIGONE by Sophocles
In the words of translator Marianne McDonald, "Antigone is the first, and remains the greatest, play in western literature about the consequences of individual conscience defying civil authority." The play introduces, debates and illuminates many of the preoccupations of the Ancient Greeks: civic duty vs. familial duty, the law of Man vs. the law of the Gods, institutional honor vs. personal honor, female vs. male, fate vs. free will. Sound familiar? Our modern preoccupations are not so different than those of our ancient ancestors, which is why Antigone has continued to provoke, inspire and move us throughout the centuries.
Our cast of 19 have been spending the past two months putting this together; grappling with interpretations, the relationship between characters and the reasons behind their reasoning. Veteran actors Mallory Thompson '13 and Jack Gilliat '13 lead the cast as Antigone and Creon, the two protagonists whose inability to compromise becomes their undoing. They are supported by Vicky Alejandro '14 who plays Antigone's despairing sister Ismene, and Nick Pankratz '13 as Creon's son Haemon. The narrative is driven forward by a series of characters; a guard who delivers the first bit of bad news, Anthony Palacio '15, the prophet Teiresius, Tinni Wu '13, and a messenger who delivers the final blow, Marcus Baldwin '16. At the center of all this is the Chorus, who hears the tale unfold and must rule on the side of justice - but justice is not always straightforward or obvious. Our resident sages are played by Vincent Law '13, Shaun Mazzio '13, Tim Scola '13, Jaclyn Kinney '13, Anni-Ming Larson '14, Amelia Barbee '16, Alexis Helgeson '16, Akua Mcleod '16, and Laurel Newman '16.
Please join us for this great and ancient debate. Antigone runs November 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Copeland Donahue Theater. Admission is free, but you will need to reserve your seats to avoid disappointment.
In order to make a reservation, please email your name, the night you would like to attend, and how many seats you require to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those of you who are unable to make it to campus, please join us for the video live feed on Saturday night, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m. PST by clicking here.
See you at the show!
Stefanie Hamlyn, Director