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Greek tragedy "Antigone" to close out theater season

The New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC) will close the 2001-2002 season with a production of the Greek tragedy "Antigone" April 26-May 5 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre.


ne" is the story of a young woman who defies her family and government by burying her brother. The brother, Polyneices, has been decreed by the king, Creon, not to be mourned or buried because he fought against Creon in a civil war. Creon is played by ASTC guest artist and instructor Rod Mechem.

Antigone, played by New Mexico State theater student Diane Stern, chooses to bury her brother even though she knows the punishment is stoning to death. The show begins with her decision and follows the family and the citizens of the city of Thebes, leading to a tragic end.

The production will feature an elaborate set and costumes following classical Greek theater designs. The set is designed by ASTC Resident Set Designer Jim Billings.

"This set is based on ancient Greek theater sites, but with a decided difference -- it reflects the crumbling hold the government has on the society and the decay of the Greek civilization," Billings said.

The play will also feature a traditional Greek chorus, which is usually composed of a group of Theben citizens, but will consist of familiar Greek gods in this production.

"Antigone" is directed by New Mexico State Theatre Arts Department Head Ruth Cantrell and the costumes are designed by Costume Shop Manager Glenn Breed. The cast will also include New Mexico State theater student Jennifer Griffee Perotta as Antigone's sister, Ismene, and community member Ed Kruise as Teiresias, a blind seer.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday showings of "Antigone" are $8 for students, $10 for university faculty and staff and senior citizens, and $12 for others. The Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday showings will be $7 for students, $9 for faculty, staff and seniors, and $10 for others. For more information, show times and ticket reservations call the Hershel Zohn Theatre Box Office at (505) 646-4515.

Sarah Wheeler
April 8, 2002