Asbury Theatre Presents “Antigone”
November 22, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s Theatre & Cinema Performance Program will present “Antigone,” a Greek tragedy, on Dec. 1, 2 and 3. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Asbury’s Greathouse Theatre (with the exception of a special matinee show at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 3). Tickets can be purchased online or at kiosks at the cafeteria during dining hours next week ($3 for students and $5 general admission) .
Narrating a struggle between King Creon and his niece, Antigone, the timeless play by Sophocles explores the relationship between duty to family and duty to the law. Student Director Allison Acuff ’17 has envisioned the play in terms of contemporary racial and political tensions, incorporating innovate sound and design elements.
Chandler Vance ’17, playing the role of Creon, says he has been amazed by the production’s exhaustive attention to detail in lighting, costuming, stage design, choreography, text and acting.
“I come to rehearsal and I’m constantly seeing a new thing,” Vance said. “Allison has done such a good job of letting each role do what it’s supposed to do, and when it comes together, it’s just magic. I am so excited for the opening of the show — it will be extraordinary.”
For a play that was written more than two millennia ago, “Antigone” is amazingly relevant. The story pits family members against one another as they fight for competing visions of morality. The message for today, Acuff says, is to be kind and to love.
“While truth is black and white, it’s more complicated when we encounter our family, our friends and our loved ones,” Acuff said. “This show asks us what happens when a loved one does something we believe is wrong. What happens if people are so headstrong in their view that, in the end, they all end up dying? If we are truly following the Lord, we can’t stop loving people.”
To learn more about Asbury’s Theatre & Cinema Performance program, visit: asbury.edu/Theatre.