New York-based director Seonjae Kim’s Riot Grrrl musical adaptation of the Greek tragedy delivers rebellious song, dance, projections, and poetry performed by diverse cast.
The Theater Program of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges presents its Fall 2017 production, Riot Antigone, directed by guest faculty member Seonjae Kim with music direction from Dorie Byrne. Kim’s contemporary feminist take on the Greek tragedy comes to the Hepburn Teaching Theater following its debut at New York’s La MaMa Experimental Theater Club and a run at the Ars Nova ANT Fest earlier this year.
About Riot Antigone
Riot Antigone transforms Sophocles’ classic drama into a passionate, ritualistic rock concert, a call to action and a full-bodied theatrical event. A punk band of diverse gender identities and its Chorus Leader sing songs about Antigone's turbulent internal emotional landscape in a woman-centric coming-of-age story. Influenced by the “Riot Grrrl” movement of the '90s, an underground music scene that gave rise to bands like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile, Seonjae Kim’s adaptation of Sophocles tells the tale of a young woman finding the power of her voice. Kim describes the play’s soundtrack of explosive live music as “both homage to that movement and anthems for our politically turbulent times.”
About Seonjae Kim
New York-based director Seonjae Kim is from Seoul, South Korea. She recently served as associate director of KPOP, a new immersive musical by Jason Kim, Helen Park, Max Vernon and Woodshed Collective at Ars Nova, and director of Sister Mok-Rahn, a critically acclaimed play from South Korea by Eunsung Kim and translated by Dayeong Jeong, at the PEN/World Voices Festival. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and served as the 2016-17 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Mike Ockrent Fellow and the 2016 Asian American Arts Alliance Van Lier Directing Fellow.
About Dorie Byrne
Dorie Byrne is a Philadelphia based musician, teacher, and accordion technician. She helped develop the after-school program at Girls Rock Philly and is excited to see that same energy and enthusiasm at Bryn Mawr College. She recently played in the Arden's Cabaret and celebrated a ten-year anniversary with her genre-bending rock band, Upholstery.
Ticket Information and Performance Schedule
Riot Antigone opens the Theater Program’s 2017-2018 season, with six performances (Nov. 10-12 and 16-18) at the Hepburn Teaching Theater (Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College). Opening night is Friday, Nov. 10.
Tickets for Riot Antigone are free and open to the public. Reservations can be made online at https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/theater-reservations/, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (610) 526-5210, and in person at the Bryn Mawr College Office for the Arts (Goodhart Hall).
Friday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. - Opening Night
Saturday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Book and Lyrics by Seonjae Kim
Music by Mori Einsidler, Seonjae Kim, Erato A. Kremmyda, J.L. Marlor, and Jane Cardona
Original staging created by Seonjae Kim and Brandon Powers
The Creative Team
Seonjae Kim, Creator and Director
Dorie Byrne, Musical Director
Emmie Finckel, Set Designer
Alison Roberts, Costume Designer
Lily Fossner, Lighting Designer
Garrett Allen, Video Designer
Justin McDaniel, Technical Director
Amy Radbill, Production Manager and Props Designer
Henry Bradford (HC ’15), Assistant Technical Director
Kat Larson (BMC ’19), Stage Manager
Nathan Merrill (HC ’20), Sound Engineer
Lily Meyer (BMC '19), Master Electrician
Mark Lord, Producer
Catharine Slusar, Assistant Producer and Consultant
Helen Hardiman (BMC '18)
Victoria Hartson (BMC '21)
Leah Jarvik (HC '19)
Rory Kennison (HC '18)
Nadia Kim (BMC '21)
Lucia Legnini (BMC '20)
Johana Loh (BMC '21)
Emily Lobel (BMC '20)
Hanna Meyer (BMC '19)
Saria Rosenhaj (BMC '21)
Madeline Shuron (BMC '20)
Cat Slanski (BMC '21)
Kate Smokowicz (BMC '19)
Margot Wisel (BMC '18)
Olivia Xing (BMC '20)
Tina Zhong (BMC '20)
About The Theater Program
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 more information, please visit www.brynmawr.edu/theater. For news and exclusive content, please follow @bicotheater on Instagram, like "Bi-College Theater Program at Bryn Mawr College" on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bicotheaterbrynmawr/, and follow @BrynMawrArts on Twitter.