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A modern adaptation of "Antigone," directed by Ovation Award winner Amanda McRaven.
Creon is King of Thebes, ascending to the throne after the death of his brother King Oedipus, and the deaths of Oedipus’ sons Eteocles and Polyneices in a civil war. Creon, an autocrat who rules with an iron fist, has considered Polyneices a political rival, and so decrees that he should remain unburied on the battle field, to be devoured by worms and vultures. Polyneices’ sister Antigone defies Creon and buries her brother, though it means she will surely be executed. She refuses to retract her defiance and unwittingly becomes the face of a movement, changing her sister Ismene and husband Haimon’s lives forever.
This adaptation takes its title from a letter written by Pussy Riot’s imprisoned front woman, and resonances between Creon and certain contemporary autocrats are clear. The production examines who we are when we stand up to tyrants and ask for the storm. Do we lose sight of our cause? Do we lose sight of each other? The play also posits that in the heavy quiet inside the rage of tyranny, the tyrant himself may seek redemption.
Matt Minnicino is the adapter who wrote the script for this new presentation of Antigone. He calls it “ a Past meets Present collision of Sophocles’ masterpiece and modern America, a myth for modern times about fear, tyranny, justice, revolution, revelation and hope.”
Minnicino is a NewYork-based playwright and theater-maker. He has been awarded the 2017 Arts & Letters Prize a Clay E. Delauncey Playwriting Prize, residencies with SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Barn Arts Collective, Sugarglass Theatre at Trinity College-Dublin, a two-time O’Neill New Play Conference semifinalist and nominee for the Jeffrey Melnick Playwriting Award. He has adapted Chekhov, Ibsen Strindberg, Gorky, Tolstoy, Homer, Sophocles and others. He received an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.
Minnicino’s script for Antigone is based on a translation by Kenneth Cavander of Sophocles’ play, which was originally developed in 2017 in a collaboration between Minnicino and New York City’s East 3rd Productions. The Fugitive Kind ’s presentation of Antigone, or We Are Rebels Asking for the Storm marks its World Premiere engagement as a fully produced work.
Amanda McRaven directs the Fugitive Kind’s production of Antigone . She is the company’s Artistic Director. She won the Ovation Award for directing The Pliant Girls. Her other directing credits for Fugitive Kind include Shine Darkly, Illyria Macbeth: A Love Story and Heaven on Earth. She is a member of SDC and Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and Fulbright Award recipient to New Zealand, where she worked in community-based theater. Other credits: Penelope (California Repertory) She Kills Monsters (CSULB) Richard III (Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ) Much Ado About Nothing (Manawatu Summer Shakespeare, NZ) Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra (American Shakespeare Center Young Company).
Her cast for Antigone, or We Are Rebels Asking for the Storm includes Emily L. Gibson, Sage Howard Simpson, Mercedes Manning, Jason Vande Brake, Jim Senti, Jeff Marras, Alana Cheuvront, Stacey Patino, Mary Borrowman and Petey Gibson.
Stage manager: Tiffany Chen. Set design: Jeanine Ringer. Lighting design: Karyn Lawrence. Costume design: Allison Dillard. Sound design: Corinne Carrillo. Choreography/movement: Jeff Marras.
See the Ovation Award winning company in its newest artistic adventure.
Antigone remains relevant through the millennia. The more things change….
Presenter / Producer: Fugitive Kind
Theater > Drama
Event Phone: 330-209-7711
2220 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90057
LA - Central / Downtown
Performance Dates: 5/10/2018 - 6/2/2018
Thurs. & Fri. at 7:30. Sat. at 3:00 and 7:30.
$20. Students and veterans $15.
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