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Antigone

Moravian University Theatre to debut new adaptation of Antigone

Moravian University will welcome the public back to its Arena Theatre next week for the debut of a new adaptation of Greek tragedy ANTIGONE. This will be the University’s first full theatre production offered live and in person after more than a year of smaller projects and streaming presentations. 

The play is about a young woman who stands up, alone, risking her life to speak truth to power in a fight for justice and decency.  Based on the classic drama by Sophocles, this adaptation is written and directed by Moravian professor Christopher Shorr, from a 2005 translation by Ian Johnson.

Performers and audience will be masked for safety. Rather than simply adding face masks to a traditionally presented play, this production incorporates masks into the concept by setting the play in a world in which women cannot show their faces, and many male characters appear in protective gear as representatives of a dystopian police state. Additionally, some of the characters appear virtually, with video screens incorporated into the set design.

“The play is already about power and justice,” stated Shorr, “with gender and age and societal position already informing the power dynamic. Casting a young black woman in the role of Antigone, especially in the context of a police state, also makes the play about race. The concept for this adaptation came from three places: the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan, ongoing racial justice issues related to police violence, and the pandemic. Much of my recent work has been related to political resistance, and in this play—presented as part of the University’s ‘InFocus’ exploration of Health and Justice—I set up resistance as the public health threat. In the script, the language of ‘disease’ and ‘malignancy’ and ‘containment’ is used to describe the danger of the spreading resistance, and this is furthered by aspects of the production’s design. 

Antigone is played by Maisie Oliver, a dual-enrollment student who is taking classes at Moravian while still in her senior year of high school. The cast includes Moravian students Hannah Kolonoski, Brianna Minnich, Bard Bardelli, Colin Core, Katelynn Miller, Emilymarie Kave, Rachael Gonzales and Felycitie Lindsay, as well as Moravian Alumna Jillian McLuhan and Moravian professor Christopher Jones. The stage manager is Emily Miller, the assistant stage manager is Drew Decatur (both Moravian students) and the lighting designer/technical director is Moravian adjunct professor Chris Egging. Video sequences were created by Sam Thompson, a graduate student in the Moravian/Touchstone Performance Creation MFA program. Other production design elements by Christopher Shorr.

Performances will be held November 11th-14th, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evening shows at 8pm, and a Sunday Matinee at 2pm.

The Arena Theatre is located on the lower level of the Haupert Union Building (HUB), at the corner of Laurel and Monocacy Streets.

Tickets can be reserved by emailing requests to shorrc@moravian.edu.  All tickets are PAID FOR AT THE BOX OFFICE--CASH OR CHECK ONLY. Ticket prices: General admission tickets are $15; non Moravian University students $5; over 65 $10.

Moravian University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Christopher Shorr at shorrc@moravian.edu at least one week prior to the event.


2021-22 Season

We continue to live in strange times. Although health conditions have improved since last year, live Theatre has not returned to fully "normal." Creativity, flexibility and innovation have always been part of making theatre, though, and theatre artists are well-suited to the challenges of this strange new world.

On campus at Moravian, masks are required indoors. That means that in the Arena Theatre, both AUDIENCE and PERFORMERS will be masked, if they cannot be physically separated by a barrier.  We are finding creative ways of handling this... so join us to see how each event addresses this challenge.

Fall 2021 in the ARENA THEATRE:

9/17-18 
"Is Love So Small A Pain?"

A Devised Adaptation of “Medea” by Euripides, created by Touchstone/Moravian MFA students Abbie Jean Litman (director) and Matt Prideaux (designer)
Friday @ 6:30 and 8:30, Saturday @5:00, 6:30 and 8:00 (admission by donation)

9/24 
Play reading: 
"Puzzle Pieces"
by Krista Boehnert 
An exploration of teen issues through a series of monologues, the characters speak frankly about their fears, their futures, and their daily lives.
Friday @8:00, discussion to follow (admission by donation)

9/25 
Fall performance workshop:  
The Frontera Project

The workshop is intended to draw out students’ imaginations, personal experiences and capacity for collaboration. Students in the workshop will walk away with a sense of how the tools of theater can be used to lift up and celebrate their own stories, while inspiring them to connect with the world around them.
Saturday, 1-5PM (free, but registration required)

11/11-14 
Fall Production
“Antigone”
Adapted from Sophocles by Christopher Shorr
A contemporary adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy about speaking truth to power.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8, Sunday @2

 


***Moravian's Arena Theatre now includes a wheelchair accessible viewing area.***

Moravian University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the event sponsor (cshorr@moravian.edu), or call 610-861-1489.