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<i>Antigone</i> for Young (American) Audiences: A Protest Parable

Mark Seamon

in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586196
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728754 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586196.003.0014

Series: Classical Presences

Antigone for Young (American) Audiences: A Protest Parable

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This chapter discusses a 2006 production of Antigone at the Children's Theater Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a teenage audience of twelve to eighteen-year-olds. The production invited a critique and discussion of post-9/11 politics and the Iraq War, in a space littered with cultural and political detritus, and stressed the problems of communication between parents and children and leaders and citizens as well as the need for political change. The audience was invited not only to empathize with the rebellious, anti-war Antigone's resistance to a physically powerful and sometimes violent Creon, but to participate directly in the production. Because Antigone was played by an African-American actress and Creon was played by a white actor, the production alluded to racism as a component of contemporary social problems.

Keywords: Greek tragedy; Antigone; Sophocles; 9/11; American theatre; Children's Theater Company; theatre; Iraq War; children's theatre

Chapter.  5218 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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