HOW DO WE PRESERVE OUR HUMANITY IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE?
New Production of Sophocles’ Antigone Captures Classic Drama’s Contemporary Relevance
The Theater Program of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges (Mark Lord, Chair) presents Sophocles’ Antigone, directed by Catharine Slusar, a noted Philadelphia actor and director and a faculty member in the Bryn Mawr College Theater Program. This production reinvigorates Sophocles’ classical text with a haunting exploration of crumbling lives and fragmented nations. The centuries-old story of violence and tragedy is soberingly familiar, its contemporary significance amplified by the production’s modern American setting.
“We construct so much, both good and bad, from the debris following disaster,” says Ryan Rebel, actor and dramaturg for Antigone. “This production is striving to be honest about those decisions and their consequences.”
The Theater Program of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges strives to foster creative collaboration between students and faculty, and its productions have won accolades from area critics for years. Of a recent production, Philadelphia Weekly wrote, “The entire production is as professional—if not more so, simply in the students’ evident commitment to these roles—as anything you might see [in the city]. Clearly Lord and Iwasaki respect these students and their vision.”
Antigone opens the Theater Program’s 2013-2014 season, with six performances (November 15, 16, 17 and November 21, 22, 23) at the Hepburn Teaching Theater (Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College). Opening night is Friday, November 15.
TICKET INFORMATION AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Tickets for Antigone are free and open to the public. Reservations can be made online at https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/theater-reservations/, via email to email@example.com, by phone at (610) 526-5210, and in person at the Bryn Mawr College Office for the Arts (Goodhart Hall).
Friday, November 15, 7:30pm - Opening Night
Saturday, November 16, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 17, 7:30pm
Thursday, November 21, 7:30pm
Friday, November 22, 7:00pm
Saturday, November 23, 7:30pm
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Catharine Slusar, Director
Maiko Matsushima, Scenic and Costume Designer
Elizabeth Atkinson, Sound Designer
Jessica Wallace, Lighting Designer
Justin McDaniel, Technical Director
Amy Radbill, Production Manager and Props Designer
Joshua Samors, Assistant Technical Director
Maddie Brady, Assistant Director
Ryan Rebel, Dramaturg
Julie Henrickson, Assistant Costume Designer
Lucy Shaw, Assistant Sound Designer
Monique Alfonso, Assistant Lighting Designer
Olivia Hollinger and Maya Neville, Stage Managers
Monique Alfonso (BMC ’14), Emma Basen-Engquist (BMC ’17), Henry Bradford (HC ’15), Megan Thomson Connor (BMC ‘14), Amelia Couderc (BMC ’16), John Dominguez (HC ’15), Jackie Handy (BMC ’14), Kristin Kury (BMC ’16), Saskia Levy-Sheon (BMC ’16), Qi’er Luo (BMC ‘15), Ryan Rebel (HC ’14), Erica Rice (BMC ’17), Betsy Rock (BMC ’14), Maria Victoria Russo (BMC ‘16), Bruce Willis (HC ‘16), Leyla Yenirce (BMC ‘15)
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You ask whether your verses are good. You ask me. You have asked others…. Now (since you’ve permitted me to give you advice) I ask you to abandon all this. You look outside yourself, and that above all is something you should not do just now. Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody. There’s only one way to proceed. Go inside yourself.
--Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Alone but not lonely, a score of hermits find themselves together for a night of convocation. Each one hails from disparate times and distant places, but all drawn together, kindred spirits, to create within Goodhart Hall a labyrinth of havens and homes.
Borrowing words from Rainer Maria Rilke, Samuel Beckett, and e.e. cummings, Mark Lord directs this sprawling ensemble in an intricate, spirited exploration of space. Through sound and speech, movement and stillness, A PLAY OF HOURS invites us to ask how we affect space; how space affects us; who we are when we are alone; and how to be alone when there are people watching.