October 27, 2005
Source: Mount Allison University:
Windsor Theatre presents a 2,500 year-old play, Antigone — Oct. 26-29
SACKVILLE, NB — From Wednesday, October 26 through Saturday October 29, starting at 8 p.m., Windsor Theatre at Mount Allison University will be presenting Antigone by 5th century B.C.E. playwright Sophocles.
Antigone is believed to have been first presented in 442 or 441 B.C.E., when Sophocles was 53 or 54 years old. This tragedy is one of seven surviving plays of more than 120 which Sophocles is thought to have written.
The saga of Antigone’s family history was well known to the Greeks, and the Ancients created many stories and poems from elements of this familiar tale of the house of Labdakos, cursed over many generations because of violations of both societal laws and the edicts of the gods.
This play begins in the aftermath of the death of the two brothers of Antigone and Ismene. The brothers’ deaths, at each other’s hands, are the result of a curse laid upon them by their ill-fated father, Oedipus. One brother, who fought with the army of Thebes, is hailed as a hero. The other brother, fighting against the city, has been declared a traitor. His uncle, King Kreon of Thebes, has decreed that the corpse is to be left for dogs and vultures to scavenge.
Antigone goes to bury the brother who lies dishonoured on the battlefield. When brought before the king, she argues in defence of her actions. The king counters with a defence of the laws of the state.
This production is directed by Decima Mitchell, resident designer at Windsor Theatre. Mount Allison students have been responsible for all aspects of design for this production, including set, costume, lighting, and makeup design, and choreography.
As well, two music students have created a sound design for the production. One of these students has provided vocal coaching for the chorus which will both speak and sing six choral songs. The sound design includes sampled instruments and voices. Also included in the sound mix will be a live drummer playing a djembe on stage. Non-conventional casting is a feature of this production.
Tickets and reservations are available by calling (506) 364-2234. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $5 for students and seniors. Thursday evening, October 27, is a pay-what-you-can performance.