by Jean Anouilh
A masterpiece shaped by a haunting beauty which exerts a chilling fascination.

Performances: [Tino Griego Pool, next to the Llano St. Library, 1730 Llano St. Santa Fe, NM]

Tickets: 471-1799, or Email Us!

April 8 - 17th, 2011, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm

The Play:

Jean Anouilh’s Antigone is inspired by Sophocles’ tragic play of the same title. Written in 1942, when Nazi forces occupied France, the story revolves around the conflict between the idealist Antigone and her rigid uncle, Creon, over the proper burial of Antigone’s brother Polynices. The play  was also seen by Anouilh’s contemporaries as representing the struggle of the French Resistance movement against the forces of the Vichy government during the height of Nazi occupation.
Antigone attempts to escape fate just like her father, Oedipus, does, but her fate is not a singular, individualized fate. Anouilh recreates her story to reveal her as caught up in a universal fate – her fate is the fate of her people.
This production will be performed in a large empty space, the audience members  seated in ways that bring them very close to the action – sometimes inside it. Theaterwork’s design team, a composer in residence, and a cast that includes both company members and a chorus of young actor/singers will bring the story to life in what promises to be a landmark production.

Jean Anouilh: Anouilh was born in 1910 in Cerisole, a small village in France. Of Basque ancestry, his father was a tailor and his mother a violinist in a small casino orchestra at a nearby seaside resort. Anouilh enrolled as a law student in the University of Paris, but left it for employment in the advertising industry. He often said that in that work he learned the classical virtues of brevity and precision of language. He wrote thirty plays which have been performed worldwide, including Becket, or The Honor of GodThe Lark, The Tidings Brought to Mary,  Mademoiselle ColombeWaltz of the ToreadorsThieves’ CarnivalCecile and others.  In many of his plays he presents his audience with a striking and ineluctable dichotomy between idealism and realism. No middle ground of ambiguity exists where this conflict is resolved. He died in 1987. Some Anouilh quotes: “Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, then the work will be completed.” “I like reality. It tastes like bread.” “Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.” “One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose.”

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