Don't worry if you don't know the background or anything about Antigone's story; adapter and director Meagan Kedrowski nicely sets it up with a short intro explaining that we're about to see Chapter 3 of the story, and briefly telling us about the first two chapters. The sisters' nurse serves as the storyteller, snapping her fingers to breathe life into the figures onstage (who stand motionless for several minutes as the audience files in), and occasionally taking us into flashbacks that further illuminate the characters. Our story begins when Antigone's uncle King Creon declares that Polyneices will not be allowed a traditional burial due to his treason against Thebes. Antigone argues with her sister Ismene that they need to bury their brother; no matter what he's done, he deserves that much. She goes forward with her plan alone, knowing that the punishment is death. She pleads for mercy from her uncle when he finds out what she's done, but he's unrelenting, even when his son Haemon, Antigone's betrothed, adds his pleas. There's no happy ending to this story, only difficult choices.
|Lauren Diesch as Antigone (photo by Craig Hostetler)|
This is a very physical performance, with several thrilling and intense fight scenes (choreographed by Adam Scarpello). Highlights in the strong cast include Lauren Diesch as a strong and compelling Antigone, Jayme Godding as her sister Ismene, Jeff Groff as her sympathetic fiance, and Kelly Nelson, Franklin Wagner, Patrick Webster, and Antonia Perez as the guards/fates, who do a lot of the heavy lifting (literally) and provide a bit of humor or creepy atmosphere when called upon.
Antigone continues through October 17.