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Weber State University - Classical Greek Theatre production: Sophocles´ "Antigone" - Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Antigone: Modern Twist on an Old Story

Who:         Weber State University Honors Program& Department of Performing Art
What:         Classical Greek Theatre production: Sophocles´ "Antigone"
When:         Wednesday, 19 September 2012 o 7:30 pm
Where:         Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building

WSU Honors Program and the Department of Performing Arts presents the 42st Annual Classical Greek Theatre Festival production of Sophocles´ "Antigone" at 7:30 pm Wednesday, 19 September, in the Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building. An "Informance" lecture and slide show will be given by Dr. James Svendsen at 6:30 pm in Fireplace Lounge, just around the corner from the Wildcat Theater. Those attending the lecture should purchase their tickets prior to the beginning of the lecture.

Westminster College presents a reimagining of Sophocles´ Antigone in an original production directed by Larry West. In an era of protests and the fall of tyrants, Antigone´s message is both timely and timeless. The play tells the tale of a young woman, a protester defying a king while defending her family. Inspired by the recent Arab Spring movement, West´s production tosses aside the typical costumes of classic Greek theatre for an edgy interpretation of Antigone´s troubled life. Her brothers killed each other, and her uncle wants her executed. And you thought your family was dysfunctional!

Antigone will feature original movement and dance by choreographer Darlene Casanova and a recent American translation by Marianne McDonald. This new production of the 2,500-year-old story follows Creon, ruler of Thebes, in a misguided attempt to keep his power over the city. Antigone must defy Creon´s laws to give her dead brother a proper burial. Be part of the uprising during the 42nd Annual Classical Greek Theatre Festival.

Seating is limited to 220. Tickets are $9/$12 and may be purchased in advance through Dee Events Center Tickets: 1-626-7000 or weberstatetickets.com, or at door beginning at 6:00 pm on the night of the performance.

An excellent study guide is available on line for those who want to be better prepared to see the play. http://www.westminstercollege.edu/greek_theatre/index.cfm?parent=12220&detail=13812&content=13813

For more information about this production, contact
Caril Jennings, crjennings@weber.edu or 801 626 6431
Jim Svendsen, 801 581 9706 or jim.svendsen@mac.com

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