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Willamette University Theatre Presents Antigone by Sophocles

Willamette University Theatre announces its first show of the 2009–10 season, Sophocles’ Antigone. The production runs Oct. 9–24, with a preview performance on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and a special Saturday matinee Oct. 24 at 2 p.m.

The Kresge Playhouse, typically home to Willamette Theatre productions, is currently undergoing renovations, so Antigone will be performed at the Willamette University Transfer Station, located at 1480 Oak St. Visit www.wutheatre.com for a map and directions.

Antigone’s uncle, the king of Thebes, has left Antigone’s dead brother as carrion for wild animals, unburied outside the city walls. When Antigone breaks the law to perform funereal rites for her brother, the kingdom starts to come apart at the seams. This gripping classic tragedy pits brother against brother, father against son, and a ruler against his people. The play explores the ritual beginnings of theatre as well as the depths of human emotion.

Willamette Theatre’s production explores the performativity of gender and power roles and the sexual politics of Sophocles’ most influential tragedy in an unconventional way: the cast is entirely female. Beyond the original themes of Sophocles’ play, such as the masculine dominance over female compassion, Willamette’s production seeks to explore the qualities that one must put on — whether male or female — to assert their power over others, to rule a country, to be king.

To purchase tickets, contact the Willamette University Box Office at 503-370-6221 or thtr-tix@willamette.edu. Ticket prices are $12 for opening night; $8 for students and seniors; and for most other evening performances, they are $10, and $6 for students and seniors.

For more information, contact the Theatre Department at 503-370-6222 or visit www.wutheatre.com.

09-21-2009