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UNA presents classic Greek tragedies October 31, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Americas.
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Have you ever wanted to just…kill your dad? Maybe sneak out in the dead of night and strew dirt on your brother’s rotting corpse? > In the first weeks of November, the UNA Communications and Theater Department will give you the opportunity to live out those fantasies vicariously.

The Department will be presenting two Greek tragedies by Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus and Antigone. Both plays take place in the ancient city of Thebes, with characters whose lives intermingle between plays. Although the plays are well-known, we will refrain from spoiling the endings, for those who may have not experienced them.

Oedipus Tyrannus is the tale of a man fated by prophecy to kill his father and wed his mother. Fearing this prophecy, Oedipus’s parents King Laius and Queen Jocasta pin the infant’s feet together and order a shepherd to kill him. Through the mercy of two shepherds, the infant Oedipus ultimately ends up as the adopted child of the King and Queen of Corinth. Thus, the child lives to possibly fulfill the unfortunate prophecy.

Antigone begins with the deaths of Polynices and Eteocles, Antigone and Ismene’s brothers. Creon, the new King of Thebes, refuses to bury Polynices, forcing Antigone to bury him against imperial orders. Creon orders the execution of Antigone, who is, coincidentally, the fiancée of Creon’s son, Haemon. Haemon’s pleas to spare Antigone’s life go unheard by the stubborn king, and she is set to be entombed alive.

Oedipus Tyrannus will be showing on the 1st, 3rd, and 8th of November while Antigone will be showing on the 2nd, 7th, and 9th of November.

The cast of Oedipus Tyrannus includes: Mark Hampton (Oedipus), Claire Guillot (Jocasta), Michael Dailey (Creon), Michael Baldwin (Tiresias), Andrew Maxwell (Messenger), Leslie Peterson (Eurydice), Daniel Hobbs(Corinthian), (Shepherd), Matt Mallard, Brittney James, Meredith Carr, Laura Ann Williams, and Shalonda Hampton (Chorus).

The cast of Antigone is as follows: Kristen Barnhill (Antigone), Jessica Pitts (Ismene), Charlton James (Creon), Brian Johnson (Calcus Chavis), Duell Aldridge (Watchman), Michael Baldwin (Tiresias), Eric Herron (Haemon), Andrew Maxwell (Messenger), Leslie Peterson (Eurydice), Amy Loggins, Amy Jarnigan, Jessica Shane, and Chelsea Hughes (Chorus).

Oedipus Tyrannus is directed by UNA theater professor Dr. David Ruebhausen. Antigone is directed by UNA communications professor Angela Green. The box office opens at 6:30 and the plays begin at 7:30 on corresonding days.

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