Sophocles' Antigone Comes to Life

by Brittany Robinson '08

Sophocles' Antigone came to life for the first time at Azusa Pacific University from November 1-10. More than 35 cast and crew members made this play possible. Antigone is a Greek tragedy written around 442 B.C., which tells the story of love and passion during a time of torment and destruction of a society. Since then, it has been performed in venues around the world, with a variety of adaptations.

Director Rachel Tracie, Ph.D., assistant director in the Department of Theater, Film, and Television chose the Walter Hasenclever adaptation, written in 1916, because it is raw and unapologetic in its presentation. "I wanted a play that would be challenging and have great roles for the students to really sink their teeth into. It also has themes that are so relevant today – the conflict between earthly and divine law, issues of mercy, power, war, and loyalty," said Tracie.

The students' commitment was crucial for making this play a success. Antigone provided them with the opportunity to put on a production with a new style of performance. The cast faced new challenges such as wearing masks, and acting on stairs.

"My favorite part of Antigone is the truly expressionist scene where Tiresius comes to Creon and sees how his thirst for power is ultimately going to cause his downfall," said Tracie, who hopes people realize that our choices can cause not only outward destruction, but also influence our spiritual and emotional well-being.

For more information or a listing of upcoming performances, visit the Department of Theater, Film, and Television.