In case you don't remember your classic Greek, here's a refresher. Antigonick is the daughter of Oedipus and his mother. After that tragedy concluded, Antigonick's two brothers fought over control of Thebes, killing each other in the process. One is seen as a hero of Thebes and buried with honor, the other is seen as a traitor, his body left out exposed to the elements. Antigonick believes that no matter what her brother has done, he deserves the traditional honorable burial, so she sets out to do that, even though that's against the law made by the current King. She needs to follow the law of the gods and her conscience, no matter the consequences.
|King Kreon (Rich Remedios) delivers Antigonick's (Oogie_Push)
punishment (photo by LKBackman)
The design of the piece fits with the modern/classic theme. The mostly bare white stage is a lovely backdrop, with drawings of horses taken from the original graphic novel. There's a cool spinning door in the center of the back wall through which actors can enter dramatically. Characters are dressed in modern but classic clothing, with Antigonick in a bridal white skirt paired with black. (Set design by Mina Kinukawa, costume design by Khamphian Vang.)
With its themes of family loyalty, an authoritarian government, and women standing up for what's right in a world that's against them, Antigonick is an always relevant story. This new true translation, as interpreted through this fine production by Full Circle, makes that even more evident.