Northeast State welcomes the Barter Theater Players to campus to perform Antigone at noon on March 30 in the Amphitheater at the College’s Blountville campus. The Barter Players will conduct a workshop following the performance.
Sophocles’ classic drama takes up the curse of Oedipus now haunting a younger generation. The story opens following a power struggle over the rule of Thebes between brothers Polynices and Eteocles. The daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, Antigone returns to Thebes after her father’s death to find her brother Polynices dead.
Newly ascended King Creon has called Polynices a traitor and forbade a mourning or burial. Antigone defies the decree. She buries her brother but is caught in the act. When brought before the king, she states that she knew Creon’s law but chose to break it, expounding upon the superiority of ‘divine law’ to that made by man. As she challenges the king for the right to bury her own brother, this bloody test of wills leaves few unscathed. Antigone raises issues of law and morality that are as relevant today as they were more than two thousand years ago.
The Barter Players are a group of professional theater artists who perform for young audiences. The troupe presents high energy and original productions that capture the imagination, intelligence and sophistication of today’s youth while providing the best in the classic literature and beloved story adaptation.
The Barter Players have been acclaimed nationwide as one of the finest theaters for young people anywhere. In the grand tradition of Barter Theater, the Barter Players perform with a unique combination of education and entertainment, plus the commitment to bring world-class theater to young people of all ages and backgrounds.
In case of inclement weather, the performance will take place in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the Blountville campus. For information call 423.279.7669 or e-mail jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.