Quintessence Theatre Group's production of Jean Anouilh's 1943 adaptation of Sophocles' ANTIGONE, in a translation by Jeremy Sams, directed by Alexander Burns has been extended to April 1st. ANTIGONE has added performances on Friday, March 30th at 8pm, Saturday, March 31st at 8pm and will now close on Sunday, April 1st at 3pm at the Sedgwick Theate. To purchase tickets, visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 1.877.238.5596.
Antigone's prideful father King Oedipus sought the truth at the cost of losing his kingdom, his queen, and his eyes. A civil war erupts over which of Antigone's brothers is to rule Thebes and both are killed in the battle. The new leader, her uncle Creon, decides to make one of her brothers a hero. The other is left to rot unburied in the field. Antigone defies her uncle's edict and does what she believes is right. Can a civilization and its ruler survive her civil disobedience?
Written in 1943 during the German occupation of France, ANTIGONE is one of the great adaptations of classic drama which combines the master of Greek tragedy, Sophocles, with the modern wit of French dramatist Jean Anouilh. Celebrated British dramatist Jeremy Sams translates this masterpiece into potent, poetic and contemporary English.
Lavita Shaurice*, Robert Jason Jackson* and Cheryl Williams* make their Quintessence debuts in ANTIGONE. Lavita Shaurice delighted Philadelphia audiences in the Wilma Theatre's production My Wonderful Day and will be taking on the titular role. Celebrated Broadway actor Robert Jason Jackson brings to life the complex leader Creon. Barrymore Award winner Cheryl Williams plays the nurse. Maechi Aharanwa also makes her Quintessence debut as Ismene. Following his celebrated performance as Sganarelle in last season's Don Juan, John Williams plays the Prologue. Khris Davis (Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice and Arlecchino in The Venetian Twins) plays Prince Haemon and Sean Bradley (Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice) is Jonas, the First Guard. The cast also includes Alexander Harvey (Alice in Henry V and Lancelot in The Merchant of Venice) and Doug Greene (Quintessence's Measure For Measure) and Matt Tallman. Sean Close and Eric Wunsch will perform as the guards on alternate performances.
ANTIGONE has been extended to April 1st. Extension week performances are on Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm.
Tickets are $30, $20 for seniors (65 and over), $15 for youth (25 and under). There are $10 industry and student rush tickets available at the box office one hour before the performance. To purchase tickets visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org, or call 1.877.238.5596. For information on any of the performances or above events please email BoxOffice@QuintessenceTheatre.org.