Written by Jean Anouilh • Directed by George Roesler • Four performances • Fine Arts Theatre
Inver Hills Theatre is presenting Antigone by Jean Anouilh in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Inver Hills Community College campus in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Translated by Lewis Galantiere and directed by George Roesler, the play will have four performances, Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29, Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5; all performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Although the play is based on Sophocles’ Antigone, and although Jean Anouilh carefully follows the basic plot, Anouilh used the mythological story to comment on France during the German occupation in 1942, and he did this largely through his characterization of Antigone and the debate she has with Creon midway through the play.
Our production is set in contemporary times as the main theme of the play parallels what is happening in our world today. Antigone, daughter of the cursed house of Oedipus, must defy her king to bury her brother, the fallen leader of a failed rebellion.
Can one young girl, willing to sacrifice everything, face down the power of a state determined to destroy her if she does not obey? Anouilh skillfully weaves a contemporary interpretation of Sophocles’ timeless myth, which pits the baser instincts of enmity and revenge against the power of love and reconciliation.
“I may be your uncle—but we are not a particularly affectionate family.”
Inver Hills Theatre presents
Written by Jean Anouilh
Translated by Lewis Galantiere
Friday, October 28, 2022
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Friday, November 4, 2022
Saturday, November 5, 2022
All performances start at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Fine Arts Theatre
Fine Arts Building
Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
General Admission: $12
Inver Hills Students: FREE
No reservation necessary.
Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of performance.
“We come of a tribe that asks questions; and we ask them remorselessly, to the bitter end.”
Synopsis of the background to the tragedy
After King Oedipus left Thebes, blinded and disgraced, his two sons Eteocles and Polyneices were elected co-rulers of the city. They agreed to reign for alternate years, but at the end of his first term, Eteocles refused to relinquish the throne to his brother and banished him from Thebes.
Polyneices raised an army in Argos and returned to Thebes, threatening to destroy the city if Eteocles didn’t yield. A terrible civil war ensued, both brothers were killed, and their uncle Creon proclaimed himself King of Thebes.
As his first act of government, Creon declared Polyneices a traitor to the city, and forbade anyone to give his corpse a proper burial. The play begins as Antigone, daughter of Oedipus and sister to Eteocles and Polyneices, hears of this edict, and resolves to bury her brother in secret.
“Now and again—in the three thousand years since the first Antigone—other Antigones have arisen like a clarion call…Their cause is always the same—a passionate belief that moral law exists, and a passionate regard for the sanctity of human dignity.”
Learn more about the Inver Hills Theatre production of Antigone by contacting:
George M. Roesler
Theatre and Communication Studies Faculty
Inver Hills Community College
More about the Theatre department at Inver Hills…
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The Transfer Pathway A.F.A. in Theatre offers you the powerful opportunity to complete your associate degree and then transfer with junior-year status to a Minnesota State university to pursue a baccalaureate degree in the theatre arts.
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