Theatre alumni present ‘Antigone’ April 20, 21, 28
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside welcomes a group of Theatre Arts alumni back to campus for three performances of the Greek classic "Antigone." Presented this Friday and Saturday, April 20-21 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 4 p.m. in the new Black Box Theatre of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, this production uses a new adaption of Sophocles' tragic tale written by director Dylan S. Roberts.
"This play speaks to a timeless theme: fighting for what you believe is right," Roberts, a 2010 graduate of the Theatre Arts program, said. "Through the addition of scenes created from the speeches of modern politicians, timeless social and political icons, and the voices of everyday people affected by the battle between the government and the governed, we are breathing new life into what is a classic tale of power, hubris, and justice."
Following the death of King Oedipus, Antigone's brothers are killed in a battle against each other after one refuses to share power with the other as they had agreed. The new king, Creon, decrees that one brother will receive a proper burial while the other will be left to rot on the field of battle. Antigone takes it upon herself to bury the outcast brother in defiance of the king's edict.
The cast features graduates Amy Malcom as Antigone, Taylor Glowac as Creon, Chad Bay as Antigone's lover Haimon, Cathlyn Melvin as Antigone's sister Ismene, Sarah Mergener as Creon's wife Eurydice, and Aaron Verbrigghe as a guard. Chicago actor David Smith plays Teiresias.
This is the flagship production of a new theatre company created by Roberts and Bay. Presented in one act, the play's running time is approximately 60 minutes. Due to the imagery and language of war, this production is recommended for mature audiences.
Admission to all three performances is free. For more information, call 262-595-2564.In the photo, King Creon, played by Taylor Glowac, lectures Antigone (Amy Malcom) on the folly of her insistence that both of her slain brothers receive a proper burial.