Fall theatre showcase Antigone - not to be missed

By Costa Maragos Posted: November 1, 2017 6:00 a.m.

The cast of Antigone is comprised of a wide range of actors from various faculties including Arts, Education, and Media, Art, and Performance.
The cast of Antigone is comprised of a wide range of actors from various faculties including Arts, Education, and Media, Art, and Performance. Photo by Rae Graham - U of R Photography

The U of R’s Theatre Department presents its showcase Fall production of Antigone. It’s a play not to be missed.  

Greek tragedies, with all their complexities, are rarely seen on the U of R stage.  For Antigone, another generation might pass before it’s performed on campus again.
 
“This comes along about once every 25 years,” says Kelly Handerek, Director of Antigone and Professor in the Theatre Department in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance. “It’s very difficult to find the talented people who can be a part of a chorus and then the talented artists who can play these scenes. We are tiptoeing into the world of tragedy here and that’s difficult for anyone.”

Antigone
Katie Abramovic is Antigone. U of R Photography

Antigone, set in ancient Greece 2,500 years ago, is political theatre that will play out in 2017 in the cozy confines of the Shu-Box Theatre on campus, November 1 to November 4.

“In this small and wonderful intimate setting, it’s like being on stage with the production. You are so close to it,” says Handerek.  “We’ve been working on this production since March of last year, so it’s been a long time in realizing it.”

Antigone is the third Theban play about a sister's struggle for her brother's burial, her challenges with the systems in authority (King Creon) and the fight for justice against the hierarchy.  Coloured with universal themes, this 2017 production of Antigone explores the issues of understanding personal rights and rebellion perspectives.  
 
Antigone is presented as a chamber production and showcases original costume design by Theatre Professor Wes Pearce and Head of Wardrobe Cathy Mearns with costume construction by students in the Theatre Department’s Crafting Costumes class.
 
“The costumes are both regal and tribal and not situated in any particular era,” says Handerek.

The cast is comprised of a wide range of actors from various faculties including Arts, Education, and Media, Art, and Performance.

“So you get a whole wonderful dimension of students embodying our work and that’s pretty exciting,” says Handerek. “But, it takes a village to put these things on and we invite the village to see it because the theatre is nothing without an audience.”

The play runs 1 hour and 20 minutes, and the audience will be left with an unforgettable final scene.

“When you find the ritualistic metaphors of the play, one of them has to do with burial. One has to do with the blessings of what water can be,” says Handerek. “At the very end of the play, Creon is enjoying the tears of God crying on him. In this 90 seat theatre, it rains on stage and it’s quite magical.”

Antigone
Dates:     November 1 to November 4
Time:       7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There is no intermission
Location: Shu-Box Theatre – Riddell Centre

Tickets:

Adults: $15.00
Seniors/Students: $10.00
Students free with valid U of R ID.
Box Office: 306-585-5500
Please note that latecomers will not be admitted.