Sideshow Theatre Company’s ANTIGONICK By Sophokles, Freely Translated by Anne Carson March 1 – April 5, 2015

 

Following its critically acclaimed hit Stupid Fucking Bird, Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased continue its 2014/15 season with ANTIGONICK, a re-imagining of the Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophokles, freely translated by Anne Carson, and directed by artistic director Jonathan L. Green. ANTIGONICK will play March 1 – April 5, 2015 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.  Tickets are currently available at www.victorygardens.org, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in person at the Victory Gardens Box Office.

ANTIGONICK will feature ensemble member Nate Whelden with Anu BhattMaritza Cervantes, David Guy, David Lawrence Hamilton, Ann JamesLona Livingston, Paloma NozickaEleni Pappageorge and David Prete.

Ancient Greece looks suspiciously similar to the present day in the hands of world-renowned poet and MacArthur Genius Anne Carson (The Autobiography of Red). Antigone has lost two brothers but by law can only bury one. She takes a stand for her beliefs, pitting morality against patriotism, and in doing so starts a series of events that threaten the newfound national peace. It’s one of the most famous myths of all, told and re-told for more than two thousand years, but what use is a cautionary tale if no one heeds it? Carson’s biting and thrilling free translation brings Antigone to new light and casts unexpected shadows on issues of loyalty and family.

The production team for ANTIGONICK includes: Yu Shibagaki (scenic designer), Noel Huntzinger (costume designer), William Kirkham (lighting designer), Christopher M. LaPorte* (sound designer/composer), Benno Nelson (dramaturg), Ellen Willett (production manager) and Shelby Glasgow (stage manager).  *Sideshow Artistic Associate

PRODUCTION DETAILS:

Title: ANTIGONICK

By:  Sophokles

Freely translated by: Anne Carson

Director: Jonathan L. Green 

Cast: ensemble member ensemble member Nate Whelden (Haimon) with Anu Bhatt (Antigone), Maritza Cervantes (Teiresias), David Guy (Guard), David Lawrence Hamilton (Nick), Ann James (Kreon), Lona Livingston (Choragos), Paloma Nozicka (Messenger), Eleni Pappageorge (Ismene) and David Prete (Eurydike). 

Location: Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago

Dates: Previews: Sunday, March 1 at 3 pm and Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 pm

Press Performances: Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 pm

Gala Opening: Friday, March 6 at 7:30 pm

Regular run: Saturday, March 7 – Sunday, April 5, 2015

Curtain Times: Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm.

TicketsPreviews: $10 in advance or pay-what-you-can at the door. Regular run: $20 –  $30.  Students/seniors/industry: $5 off all performances. Tickets are currently available at www.victorygardens.org, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in person at the Victory Gardens Box Office.

About the Playwright

Anne Carson is a poet, essayist, translator, playwright and classicist. With her background in classical languages, comparative literature, anthropology, history and commercial art, Carson blends ideas and themes from many fields in her writing. She frequently references, modernizes and translates Greek mythology. She has published more than a dozen books, all of which blend the forms of poetry, essay, prose, criticism, translation, dramatic dialogue, fiction and non-fiction.

Anne Carson’s translation of Sophokles’ Antigone will premiere in February 2015 at Théâtre National du Luxembourg, in collaboration with the Barbican in London, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivo van Hove; the production will go on to tour London, Paris and New York. Anne is also currently collaborating with Simon McBurney on the cult classic Autobiography of Red. Classic Stage Company produced three of Carson’s translations: Aiskhylos’ Agamemnon; Sophokles’ Electra; and Euripides’ Orestes (as An Oresteia), in repertory, as part of their 2008/09 season.

Works include: Red Doc>AntigonickNoxIf Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (translation); The Beauty of the HusbandMen in the Off HoursEconomy of the UnlostAutobiography of RedPlainwater: Essays and PoetryGlass, Irony and GodEros the Bittersweet: An EssayDecreation: Poetry, Essays, OperaGrief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides (translation). Carson is a MacArthur Fellow; she has received the Lannan Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and was an Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, Fall 2007. 

About the Director:

Jonathan L. Green has directed, assisted and dramaturged for Sideshow, Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Chicago Dramatists, Theatre Seven of Chicago, Pavement Group, Live Arts and the Earl Hamner, Jr. Theatre. Recent projects include Stupid Fucking BirdThe Golden DragonIdomeneus (Jeff Award for Best Ensemble), The Gacy PlayMidway LiquorsHeddatronTheories of the SunMedea With ChildEverything Freezes: another winter’s taleDante Dies!! (and then things get weird) and Mud.  Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Virginia, currently serves on the board of directors of the League of Chicago Theatres, and is the literary management associate for Goodman Theatre.

About Sideshow Theatre Company:

It is the mission of Sideshow Theatre Company to mine the collective unconscious of the world we live in with limitless curiosity, drawing inspiration from the familiar stories, memories and images we all share to spark new conversation and bring our audiences together as adventurers in a communal experience of exploration.

From its first production, 2008’s Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird) to its recent critical hit Stupid Fucking Bird to its Jeff Award-winning productions of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s Idomeneus (named one of the best plays of 2012 by Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times) and Elizabeth Meriwether’s runaway robotic hit Heddatron at Steppenwolf Theatre, Sideshow has consistently produced engaging, transcendent works across Chicago. Sideshow continues its multi-year residency at Victory Gardens in the historic Biograph Theater in the 2014/15 season.

Sideshow also produces the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW), a wildly popular interactive fundraising event that benefits Sideshow Theatre Company and other local charities. CLLAW has been featured in local and national press, including The Washington PostReuters, Penthouse Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times and on WGN Morning News, ABC 7’s Windy City Live and CBS 2. The next CLLAW match is Saturday, July 18 at 10 pm at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago. For more information about CLLAW, visit www.cllaw.org.

For additional information on Sideshow Theatre Company, visit www.sideshowtheatre.org.