Millennial <i>Antigone</i> in the USA: Anouilh Revisited

Helene P Foley

in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586196
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728754 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

Millennial Antigone in the USA: Anouilh Revisited

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This chapter explores two new remakings of Anouilh's Antigone in order to examine the current U.S. attraction to Anouilh as a vehicle for exploring irreconcilable social and political tensions. Both Cornerstone Theater's multimedia rock musical An Antigone Story: A Greek Tragedy Hijack, which took place in Los Angeles before and during the Democratic National Convention in 2000, and Antigone Falun Gong, in which the heroine defied government orders to practice Falun Gong in a contemporary Chinese city park to protest the killing of her (probably) interned brother, undermine the positions taken by both major characters. In An Antigone Story, Antigone cannot make her gesture meaningful in a dystopian American future dominated by media and corporations, and Falun Gong's A is faced with a world in which individual gestures, perhaps necessarily, sustain little meaning.

Keywords: Greek tragedy; Antigone; reception; Anouilh; rock musical; Falun Gong

Chapter.  7259 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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