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Feb. 18, 2011

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University Theatres Mainstage presents interactive 'Antigone 2.0'

University Theatres Mainstage will present "Antigone 2.0," an interactive adaptation of the classic Sophocles tragedy, adapted by University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts faculty member Carol MacVey and Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Jen Silverman, opening at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the David Thayer Theatre of the UI Theatre Building. Additional performances will be at 8 p.m. March 4, 5 and 10-12, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6.

In this innovative production, directed by MacVey, the audience will stand throughout the 75-minute performance, move around the space and follow directions (although there will be accomodations for audience members with special needs).

A panel discussion will follow the March 10 performance, co-sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights and the College of Law. Participants will be law faculty member Steve Burton; law emeritus Burns Weston, founder of the UI Center for Human Rights; and Diane Jeske, chair of philosophy department. Christine Scarfuto, dramaturg for "Antigone 2.0," will be the moderator.

"The image of staged Greek tragedy for many people is that of stately actors in long flowing robes reciting elevated text," MacVey said "What would happen if we updated the words, the characters, the space and left the basic questions and issues intact: what does it mean to be a good citizen? To whom does one owe allegiance? The state? The gods?

"Sophocles' basic questions still resonate for us; I just wanted to reframe them differently for our audience in this production."

The tragedy, written in the fifth century B.C.E., is the story of the daughter of Oedipus. Antigone disobeys the orders of her uncle Creon, king of Thebes, when he forbids the burial of her brother Polyneices, who he considers a traitor to the city. The play embodies classic issues and challenges that persist today, including civil disobedience, state control and citizenship.

Other artistic contributors to the "Antigone 2.0" production include lighting designer Soren Olsen; set designer Maylan Thomas; choreographer Rob Cooney; movement designer by Paul Kalins; costume designer Lisa Borton; sound designer Andrew Stewart; and music designer/consultant Tricia Park, first violinist of the Maia Quartet; and assistant director David Hanzal.

Tickets for the performances are $17 general admission, $12 for senior citizen, $10 for youth, $5 UI students (with valid UI ID) from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office in the Old Capitol Town Centre, open for phone (319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the UI Theatre Building.

This production includes material that may be inappropriate for younger audiences. Contact the department at 319-335-2700 for additional information.

The Department of Theatre Arts is part of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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