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Student-directed show: Sophocles’ Antigone tonight and April 25

The student-directed show, Sophocles’ Antigone, will be performed tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the David Chu Theatre.

Student-directed plays are a central feature of the co-curricular theatre program and have included a variety of challenging productions in the past few years: Sarah Kane’s Crave and 4.48 Psychosis; Neil Labute’s Bash; Sophocles’ Electra; and Samuel Beckett’s Ohio Impromptu, to name a few. IB2 student Chris Tully, the director of this year’s production, is no less ambitious than his predecessors; he has assembled a cast of talented actors and technicians from UCC and BSS.

Chris has received technical support from UCC alumni Max Carnella and Will Ellwood (both 2012) and that’s just the beginning: Chris’ production of Antigone includes a bold new configuration of the David Chu Theatre stage, and a central feature of the production is a structure supplied by Munro Limited and erected by the professional technical/production team from Toronto’s Theatre Centre, led by alumnus Justis Danto-Clancy ’08. The stage fight is choreographed by Simon Fon, one of Canada’s foremost fight directors. Chris has written the following:

‘The brutality of Sophocles’ Antigone is rivaled only by its beauty. Antigone is a gripping show that hurtles along in the streamlined and lyrically beautiful translation by Nobel-Prize winning poet, Seamus Heaney. Bloody and heartbreaking events are the centrepiece of Sophocles’ (and Heaney’s) awe-inspiring text.

Antigone takes place in the royal house of Thebes, shortly after two brothers, heirs to the throne, kill each other in a war fought for control of the city. Creon, uncle of the fallen, becomes King. But things don’t go as Creon planned. When Antigone, Creon’s niece, defies an edict forbidding the burial of her brother, Creon is faced with a difficult decision.

This production considers themes that transcend time and place, and touch on matters of loyalty, family vs. state, the roles of women, and vengeance. Greek tragedies amaze in their continuing relevance; the production seeks to merge ancient and modern, and to enable the story to emerge and speak for itself. We think the script quite beautiful; the production aspires to reflect as much.’

While tickets to this show are free, we encourage patrons to make a donation to the non-profit organization Arts For Children and Youth (AFCY), which takes arts initiatives into under-serviced areas of the GTA. There will be a donation box in the theatre.