Written in 1943 during the German occupation of France, ANTIGONE is one of the great adaptations of classic drama and 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.
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?
Quintessence is proud to announce Lavita Shaurice*, Robert Jason Jackson* and Cheryl Williams* will 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 will come to Philadelphia to bring to life the complex leader Creon. Barrymore Award winner Cheryl Williams will play the nurse. Maechi Aharanwa will also be returning to Philadelphia to make her Quintessence debut as Ismene. Following his celebrated performance as Sganarelle in last season’s Don Juan,John Williams will play Prologue. Khris Davis(Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice and Arlecchino in The Venetian Twins) will play prince Haemon and Sean Bradley (Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice) returns as 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) with Matt Tallman making his Quintessence debut as the Second Guard.