GAMBIER — A modern-language version of the ancient Greek tragedy “Antigone,” translated into English by director Ben Viccellio, comes to Kenyon’s main stage Feb. 3 through 5. The Department of Dance and Drama production plays at 8 p.m. all three nights at Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St.
A dynamic group of students and faculty, including a cast of 25 and a production team of 22, has worked on the production since November. Viccellio, visiting assistant professor of drama, prepared a concise script from the original by Sophocles, drawing from various versions of the play. The play describes Antigone’s struggle to rightfully bury the body of her condemned brother, Polyneices, and it poses questions of pride, morality and urgency.
“For me it certainly has more of an appeal than the other versions I’ve come into contact with,” said student stage manager Brianna Parry of Golden Valley, Minn. “There is never a sense that you’re viewing or, rather, suffering through an ancient Greek tragedy with little relevance to today’s world.”
Parry also emphasized the unique role of the chorus in this production. Unlike most approaches, the chorus is on stage for the entire play and has worked with Viccellio and Kora Radella, visiting assistant professor of dance, to create expressive movement that helps deepen the meaning of the text. Vicellio has challenged each cast member to think about their own viewpoints to spatial relationship, tempo, repetition and kinesthetic response.
The cast includes Emma Farnsworth of Fort Wayne, Ind., as Antigone; professor of drama Jon Tazewell as Creon; Jack Dwyer of Wheaton, Ill., as Teiresias; Shelley Fort of Gambier as Ismene; and Harry Hanson of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as Haemon. Kayleigh Truman of Schenectady, N.Y., designed the set. Other aspects of the production draw on the work of Kenyon art and music students, including Sarah Dowling of Chatham, N.J., who painted the set, and members of the a capella group Colla Voce, who composed original music.
Tickets are available at the door and can be reserved by calling the box office at 427-5546. There is a fee for admission. To learn more about Kenyon, visit www.kenyon.edu.
Published on February 2, 2011