‘Antigone’ Takes Place Whenever There’s Civil War
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 3:14 PM
While Socrates’ play “Antigone” was written nearly 2,500 years ago, the Warsaw Community High School Drama Department’s production is set in Thebes, Greece, any time.
Pictured is the cast of Warsaw Community High School Drama Department’s production of “Antigone.” Photo by David Slone, Times-Union.
It could be yesterday, today or sometime in the future.
The play takes the WCHS Performing Arts Center stage Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.
Directed by drama teacher Dana McAfee, the story in “Antigone” is about two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, who die in a civil war but were fighting on opposite sides. Because Polynices was on the opposite side of what the king, Creon, believes the city wants, Polynices is considered a traitor. The law prohibits Polynices from receiving a proper burial and is thrown out into the field for the birds and animals to feast upon. Antigone believes Polynices deserves a burial as much as her other brother, Eteocles, did.
Creon’s law is that if anyone even touches the body, it’s death. Antigone doesn’t care about the penalty as she wants to bury her brother properly. Because Creon is Antigone’s uncle, it’s complicated for him because he doesn’t want to kill her as punishment for violating the law, but it’s his law that Antigone broke. Ismene, Antigone’s sister, doesn’t want to help Antigone because she doesn’t want to get caught. The two sisters fight about it at the beginning, but Ismene won’t go against the edict of the king.
Cast members (in order of appearance) are: Lydia Deboest as Prolog/Tieresias; Cole Hoskins, Senator; Brooke Neubaum, Eurydice/chorus; Gabi Bradley, Antigone; Katie Yocum, Ismene; Daniela Cervantes, child; Aaron Wainscott, Creon; Kyle Rickert, Haimon; and Sam Engle as Sentry.
The chorus includes Neeley Belles, Kendall Cox, Ellen Davenport, Deanna Folsom, Andrew Hawblitzel, Kyleigh Herring, Chloe Hoskins, Lauren Housel, Katie Jones, Rachael Kuhn, Katie Lauck, Addison Marshall, Tyler McClone, Cassidy Neubaum, Patrick Priest, Keagan Rice, Sophia Schlitt, Abigail Seese, Rachel Smith and Anna Wainscott.
Stage manager is NaevEnya Moore. The stage crew includes Mahalabelle Gigous and Macy Miller. Spotlights will be operated by Isaac Netzley and Seth Wogoman.
The program and poster for the play were designed by Abigail Seese.