Geneva, NY — Hobart and William Smith Colleges will present Sophocles' Antigone at 7 p.m. on October 12, 13, and 14, in the Bartlett Theatre, Coxe Hall, on the Colleges campus. The production is directed by Robert F. Gross, HWS professor of theatre and English. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $5, HWS students may attend at no charge.
Antigone, commonly considered one of the great tragedies of Western literature, is given a stark staging in its Bartlett Theatre production. Set in a severe black box, with only the barest minimum of props, this production examines the clash of Antigone, who articulates the claims of the dead, and Creon, who speaks for the claims of the living. Their conflict unfolds in the war torn state of Thebes, traumatized by years of pestilence, violence, and political struggle, and leads to a bleak vision of human frailty and devastation.
Hobart senior and Bartlett Theatre veteran Quincy Perkins plays Creon. Perkins was last seen here in the title role of Pierre Corneille's Surena. Antigone is played by William Smith sophomore Heather Harris, who debuted in Luigi Pirandello's To Clothe the Naked last fall. They are joined by a cast of 10 impressive Hobart and William Smith actors.
Gross is no stranger to Greek tragedy, having directed productions of Sophocles'
Women of Trachis and Euripides' Orestes in the Bartlett. He has taught at the Colleges since 1987.
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