Get your tickets now! Antigone hits the stage April 14 – 22
April 05, 2017
Anoka-Ramsey Community College will launch Antigone, a great Greek classic by Sophocles on the Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center stage, April 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm. Come and enjoy the show!
Antigone, the protagonist of the play, is a young, teenage girl during this time period. She’s female, and in Greek society females were considered property, but she is also a minor and she is unmarried. According to Blayn Lemke, the play’s director and college Theatre Faculty member, it’s significant in the world of literature when the main character, who is speaking truth to power, is one of the least powerful characters.
“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to bring our students into a story in which someone near their own age is speaking up for what is right,” said Lemke. “They can totally identify with the struggle that Antigone faces—being dismissed and marginalized because of gender or age. But, in spite of all of that, she still stands up for what is right and is the moral voice of the play.”
This production will be staged in a thrust configuration, which provides a much more intimate setting. The audience is brought onto the stage with the seating on three sides of the acting area, with seats being anywhere from two to 15 feet away from the stage.
There are 100 seats a night so tickets are limited and reservations are recommended. The tickets are general admission and reservations do guarantee a seat. Specific seats will need to be chosen upon arrival, which is done on a first-come-first-serve basis. The theatre opens at 7 pm. Early arrival is encouraged, especially if for groups.
Tickets are $8 for the general public.
More about Antigone by Sophocles
Antigone is an ancient Greek tragedy by Sophocles. The play’s action focuses on Antigone and her attempt to secure a respectable burial for her brother Polynices, who was killed in battle the night before the beginning of the play. Because King Creon felt betrayed by Polynices in the battle, he decrees that the body of Polynices is to be left to rot and eaten by wild animals and not given formal rights of burial. Antigone defies the king’s order and argues her case founded in religious reverence and familial love.
April 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22, 2017
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Coon Rapids Campus
Performing Arts Center
For more information about the production and to purchase tickets, visit AnokaRamsey.edu/academics/departments-faculty/theatre/
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