September 27, 2018
The Department of Theatre and Dance will present ANTIGONE by Sophocles, from October 12 – 20 in the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre located in the Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center, 817 S. High Street, West Chester. Tickets range from $13 - $16 and can be purchased at www.wcupatix.com.
In ANTIGONE, a young girl believes that the highest priority, over the laws of the country and the commandments of leaders, is that one must do what is right. One girl, thousands of years ago, dared to stand up for her beliefs and face the consequences.
Director John Bellomo chose T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet, Anne Carson’s, translation of ANTIGONE because, he says, “It captured the epic nature of the Greek tragedy, but is a fresh and more contemporary adaptation that students can relate to.”
He also wanted to explore Carson’s work because she is a woman.
“Our department produces one show a year that is written by a woman. Later this season we will mount Emma Goidel’s LOCAL GIRLS, however, I was drawn to this adaption partially because of our commitment to female theatre makers.”
Bellomo also uses an all-female cast of 20 to tell the classic tale.
“Antigone is the story of a young girl fighting against the patriarchy,” says Bellomo. “I wanted to explore what resonates when women are cast in parts traditionally played by men.”
Casey Parker, who plays Antigone, is a Senior Theatre Major with a Musical Theatre concentration.
Parker says, “This has been an incredible growth opportunity for me. Working with an all- female cast has been very freeing. The work environment is safe and open to creativity because I feel so much support from the rest of the cast. It’s also very empowering.”