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Antigone by Jean Anouilh
Translated by Jeremy Sams

Tuesday, September 6th @ 4pm in the Redbud Studio, Rm. 204

Please be prepared for cold readings. If students have a prepared one minute monologue, comic or dramatic, they may present it at the auditions instead of reading.

Callbacks to be held on Wednesday, September 7th @ 5pm

Performance Dates: October 12-16, 2016

Scripts available for perusal in the Production Office.

Jean Anouilh’s Antigone is an adaptation of Sophocles’ tragic play of the same title. Written in 1942, when Nazi forces occupied France, the story revolves around the conflict between the idealist Antigone and her rigid uncle, Creon, over the proper burial of Antigone’s brother, Polynices. The play was also interpreted to represent the struggle of the French Resistance movement against the forces of the Vichy government during the height of Nazi occupation.

Often considered his masterpiece, Antigone cemented Anouilh’s reputation as a dramatist. The play was an instant success when it was first staged in Paris in 1944.

Character Descriptions

Antigone - The play's tragic heroine. In the first moments of the play, Antigone is opposed to her radiant sister Ismene. Unlike her beautiful and docile sister, Antigone is sallow, withdrawn, and recalcitrant.

Creon - Antigone’s uncle. As he tells Antigone, his only interest is in political and social order. Creon is bound to ideas of good sense, simplicity, and the banal happiness of everyday life.

Prologue - Anouilh reduces the Prologue (chorus), who appears as narrator and commentator. Along with playing narrator, the Chorus also attempts to intercede throughout the play.

Haemon - Antigone’s young fiancé and son to Creon.

Ismene - Antigone’s sister. Blonde, full-figured, and radiantly beautiful, the laughing, talkative Ismene is the good girl of the family. 

Nurse - A traditional figure in Greek drama, the Nurse is an addition to the Antigone legend. Fussy, affectionate, and reassuring, she suffers no drama or tragedy but exists in the day-to-day tasks of caring for the two sisters.

Messenger - Another typical figure of Greek drama who also appears in Sophocles' Antigone, the Messenger is a pale and solitary boy who bears the news of death.

Eurydice - Creon’s kind, knitting wife whose only function, as the Chorus declares, is to knit in her room until it is her time to die.

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