“The Antigone Project: A Play in 5 Parts” tells the classic story of Sophocles’ Antigone and adapts it into modern scenarios that discuss social injustice. “The Antigone Project” was conceived by Chiori Miyagawa and Savrina Peck and written by Karen Hartman, Tanya Barfield, Caridad Svich, Lynn Nottage, and Chiori Miyagawa. The University of West Georgia Theatre Company’s production of “The Antigone Project” will begin on Nov. 9 at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts.
“The Antigone Project” tells the classic tale of family, love and dignity while reflecting various perspectives on race, gender and class. The play is divided into five separate short plays, and each portraying Antigone in a specific way relevant to modern times. In “Hang Ten” by Karen Hartman, Antigone and her sister, Ismene, are exiled on a tropical island; in “Medallion” by Tonya Barfield, Antigone fights for burial rights for her son, who died in World War I; in “Antigone Arkhe” by Caridad Svich, an archeological archivist works to mold Antigone into his ideal woman; in “A Stone’s Throw” by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, Antigone finds herself sentenced to death by stoning for transgressing strict laws about interacting with the opposite sex; and in “Red Again” by Chiori Miyagawa, Antigone and her lover, Harold, find themselves in the underworld after rebelling against a government not looking after its people.
“The Antigone Project” will be performed by a cast of seven with four different actresses
playing the character of Antigone. The ensemble includes Jenna Miller (Douglasville,
Ga.), Jameela Smith (Lovejoy, Ga.), Isaiah Clinton (Springfield, Mass.), Deja Culver
(Dallas, Ga.), Samson Earwood (Rome, Ga.), Myles Wright (Georgetown, S.C.), and Mary
Dixon (Kennesaw, Ga).
The play will run Nov. 9-12 and Nov. 15-18 at 7:30 p.m., as well as Nov. 13, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and free with student ID. There will also be a community preview on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. with a discounted price of $3. For more ticket information, please call 678-839-4722.