Wesleyan Adds New Spin to Old Classic

Monday, November 5th, 2012

West Virginia Wesleyan’s Theatre and Arts Department will present Antigone, adapted from the work of Sophocles by George Judy and re-imagined in a post-apocalyptic, ‘steam-punk’ world. The production is designed by assistant professor of theatre arts Karim Badwan, with costumes by Wesleyan costumer Rebecca Nelson, and directed by assistant professor of theatre arts Thomas Schoffler. This exciting production will be showing in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts this Thursday and Friday, November 8 and 9 at 8 pm and Saturday, November 10 at 2 pm and 8 pm.

“The cast and crew have taken the world of Antigone and transformed it into something new and fresh. Between the incredibly intricate set, the modern staging, and the fresh take on the costumes, this production is going to be stunning,” remarked junior stage manager, Jamie Wagner.

Antigone relates the story of the end of the line of Oedipus. At the end of a brutal civil war, the city of Thebes is ruled by Creon, uncle of the sons of the former king, both killed in battle. After Creon decrees that none shall bury the body of one of the brothers, Antigone defies the edict to bury her brother, instigating an age-old argument of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and humanity.

“We’re taking the show out of the period that Sophocles wrote it but are staying very true to the story line. With the way the set, lights, acting, and costumes come together, we have an intriguing and eccentric story that everyone can still relate to and enjoy,” said senior Ryan Perry, who plays Creon.

Perry, a senior from Inwood, WV, is one of many seniors involved in the production, including Yvette Boles, Chesapeake Beach, MD, and Gabrielle M. Tokach, Winchester, VA. Some other familiar faces include Teneille Garton, Weston, WV, Micah Spiece, Lewisburg, WV, Rachel Channell, Elkins, WV, Ashley Horton, Barryville, NY, and Rachel Leigh, Buckhannon, WV.

Making their debut on the Wesleyan stage are students Corinne Weaver, Oakland, MD, Andrea Shepherd, Hurricane, WV, Sarah Rogers, Walkersville, WV, Lydia Krimmel, Mineral Wells, WV, Emily Jenkins, Albright, WV, Marilyn Evans, Delaware, OH, and Tyler Dos Santos, Herndon, VA.

Antigone runs 90 minutes, without an intermission. Tickets will be available at the box office of the Performing Arts Center one hour before show time.

For more information on this production please contact Jerry Pedroza at pedroza_gl@wvwc.edu. For more information about ticket sales contact Gabriel Tokach at tokach_gm@wvwc.edu.