|Ismene (jamilia Joiner) and Antigone (Lauren Diesch)|
(photo by Petronella J. Ytsma)
|the ensemble (photo by Petronella J. Ytsma)|
Another important element of the piece is the live music, provided by Sarah Modena on piano and Steve Modena on guitar and percussion, returning from the previous iteration of the show. They're credited as sound designers, which is appropriate because they create the soundscape of this world, sitting behind the sheer curtain at the back of the stage. Morgan Groff's classical/modern costumes also help create the ancient yet immediate feel of the play, with draping dresses over leggings for the sisters, classic black and white for the guards, and a stunning royal red dress for Eurydice. The consistent hairstyles (fauxhawk with side braids) and facial tattoos also create a unique modern yet ancient look. The set (designed by director/adapter MJ) is simple and mostly bare, with a few time-worn Greek columns standing in back or lying on the ground, and a solid table.
One of the best things to come out of the last few difficult years has been the renewed interest in women's voices and women's stories (see also: Congress). Park Square continues that exciting new tradition with an ancient woman's story, told by a group of modern, diverse, talented women who make this 2000+ year old story feel urgent, necessary, and now (continuing through March 3).
*Plot summary adapted from what I wrote about the Theatre Coup d'Etat production.