‘Antigone’ Reimagined at Ithaca College

By Peter Marrara ’23, November 21, 2019
IC Theatre Arts presents “Antigone Project: A Play in 5 Parts.”

Ithaca College Theatre Arts continues its 2019-2020 mainstage season with “Antigone Project: A Play in 5 Parts.” Opening Thursday, December 5 in the Clark Theatre, this contemporary re-telling of Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy presents five unique versions of Antigone’s stand against injustice.

Conceived by Chiori Miyagawa and Sabrina Peck, “Antigone Project: A Play in 5 Parts” comprises “Hang Ten” by Karen Hartman, “Medallion” by Tanya Barfield, “Antigone Arkhe” by Caridad Svich, “A Stone’s Throw” by Lynn Nottage, and “Red Again” by Chiori Miyagawa. Nottage received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009 and 2017.

Ticket Information

Performances of “Antigone Project: A Play in 5 Parts” run from December 5-8, with 8 p.m. evening performances on December 5, 6 and 7, and 2 p.m. matinee performances on December 7 and 8. A special preview performance is scheduled for December 3. Tickets range in price from $10 to $18, and can be purchased online at tickets.ithaca.edu. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone at (607) 274-3224, or in person at the Ithaca College Theatre Box Office in Dillingham Center. The box office is open noon-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon-4 p.m. on Friday.

Dillingham Center accommodates all patrons. Individuals with special needs are asked to contact (607) 274-3224 to request accommodations as soon as possible.

The playwrights reimagine Sophocles’ famous tragedy by placing Antigone in five unique settings as she tries to bury her brother in peace: a beach, a cave, a general’s office, a vacant road and the underworld. The result is an exploration of what happens when a woman challenges male authority and the unjust rules of society.

Director Susannah Berryman, associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, said the show is a testament to individual courage.

Antigone is known for standing boldly for what she believed was right even at the risk of her very life,” she said. “Antigone Project’ gives five exciting contemporary female playwrights the opportunity to show us this theme of courage and opposition through their eyes. It is inspiring to add their perspectives to ours as we test our personal beliefs day by day, and ask ourselves what part we are going to play in shaping our society, our government, our world and our future.”

Cast and Creative Team

The cast of “Antigone Project: A Play in 5 Parts” features:

  • Avery Bederman ’22
  • Jaden Boyd ’21
  • Maya Brettell ’21
  • Alaysia Duncan ’23
  • Abigail Futterman ’22
  • Jeff Hines-Mohrman ’22
  • Naandi Jamison ’23
  • Megan Johnson ’20
  • Eric Leigh ’22
  • AnnaJo Lubasi ’23
  • Roxy Matten ’20
  • Nicole Bethany Onwuka ’22
  • Stella Pruitt ’20
  • Mayson Sonntag ’22
  • Tristan Tierney ’22
  • Tri Tran ’20

The creative team includes:

  • Susannah Berryman – Director
  • Raven Bartlett ’20 – Scenic Designer
  • Nico Gonzalez ’20 – Costume Designer
  • Steve TenEyck – Lighting Designer
  • Jacob Sanner ’21 – Sound Designer
  • Eli Koch ’20 – Technical Director
  • Reagan Black ’20 – Stage Manager

A nationally recognized professional theatre-training program, the Department of Theatre Arts attracts students from across the globe. Throughout the school year, undergraduates present all aspects of theatre in a professional model. Visit the theatre arts website for further information.

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