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Courtney Lynn Edge with Haemon,
Trevor Campbell

Chorus #1 & #2,
Anna Tobias,
T. W. Hurdle

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Department of Communications/
News Bureau
22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 874-2116

URI Theatre Department to open its
2003-2004 season with Antigone

KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 23, 2003 -- The University of Rhode Island Department of Theatre presents Antigone, Jean Anouilh's 1944 version of the Greek legend that comes from a Paris that suffered under the heel of tyranny. The play’s parallels to modern times are both exciting and provocative.

Artol Fugard, the acclaimed South African playwright, cites Sophocles Antigone as the most powerful protest play ever written and refers to Anouilh's adaptation of it as an inspiration to the French people under German occupation during World War II.

What makes the Antigone legend so powerful through the ages? A young girl of noble birth, daughter of the late King Oedipus, is beloved by her sister Ismene, her nurse, her fiancé, Haemon son of King Creon, and even Creon himself. A civil war has just transpired in which her brothers Eteocles and Polynices have fought and killed one another. Creon issues an edict honoring Eteocles and forbidding burial to Polynices. Antigone, despite the consequences, defies Creon's edict because of her religious principles shared by her society that if a body is not buried, his immortal soul will wander restlessly forever. Antigone feels obligated as Polynices' sister to give him the sacraments of burial despite the consequences to her personal well being.

Antigone's story stirs us as we listen to the persuasive points of view – religious versus secular. We are engaged by their argument and by the mordant humor of the First Guard, the devotion of Prince Haemon, the pleas of Ismene, and the warmth of her childhood nurse. The chorus narrates this powerful and tragic tale, which continues to fascinate new generations as one strong voice in the body of a young girl, confronts tyranny.

The play’s director, Bryna Wortman, has set this production of Antigone on "an outpost of civilization in the not so distant future." Patrick Lynch, a URI senior majoring in theatre is the sets designer, David T. Howard, assistant professor of costume design, is the costume designer, Sean Farrell, a guest artist lighting designer from New York City is in charge of lighting, and Peter Nabut, a guest artist from Massachusetts, will do the sound.

The play will be performed in the J Studio of URI's Fine Arts Center on October 9 through 11 and October 15 through 18 at 8 p.m. It will also be performed on October 12 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students, senior citizens and children. To reserve tickets, please call the URI Theatre Box Office at 401-874-5843. For additional information, 401-874-5922.

The cast:

Actor Character Hometown
Shelly Cohen Eurydice Canton, Mass.
William C. Newton Guard #2 Providence, R.I
Lauren Ustaszewski Nurse Medford, NJ
Courtney Lynne Edge Antigone Portsmouth, R.I.
Melissa Banks Ismene Simsbury, Conn.
Sean Michael McConaghy Creon Rehoboth, Mass.
William "Jed" Hancock-Brainerd Guard #1 E. Greenwich, R.I
Tevor J. Campbell Haemon Middletown, RI
Khara C. Hoyer Page Hartford, Conn.
Kyle A. Maddock Messenger Pascoag, RI
Anna Tobias Chorus 31 Centerville, RI
Tom Hurdle Chorus Providence, RI

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