Theatre Roanoke Presents Fall Production

SALEM, Va. - Theatre Roanoke College presents its fall production, "Antigone," Wednesday - Saturday, November 14 - 17, at 8 p.m. in Olin Theater. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens and students. To purchase tickets or for further information, please call the Olin Box Office Monday through Friday, 1 - 4 p.m. at (540) 375-2333.

While Sophocles' "Antigone" is one of the greatest surviving examples of Greek tragedy and dates from the fifth century BCE, its issues are as current today as they were when it was first presented. The translation used in TRC's production was written in 1973 by classics scholar Richard Emil Braun, and while completely faithful to the story and the style of Sophocles' original drama, its content is as relevant today as it was almost 25 centuries ago. Braun's translation is a product of the turbulence of the twentieth century, and it echoes of mid-century European fascism and the political foment of Vietnam and Watergate.

The cast includes Lisa-Sun Gresham, a junior theatre and sociology double major from Wilton, Conn.; Bronwyn Haynes, a sophomore English major from Burlington, N.J.; Cory Lawson, a senior theatre major from Roanoke; Betsy Foster, a junior theatre major from Salem; Daniel DeVault, a freshman from Nashville, Tenn.; Alexander Roy, a freshman from Springfield, N.J.; Jimmy Cunningham, a sophomore theatre major from Manchester, Mass.; Kristin Hodges, a freshman English and theatre double major from Kennett Square, Pa.; and Colin Mullins, a junior philosophy major from Norton.

The production's chorus includes Katie Blaney, a freshman biology major from Stephens City; Leah Copeland, a freshman English major from Lexington; Courtney Posey, a freshman theatre major from Alexandria; Jeannette- Lynn Juers, a freshman theatre and Spanish double major from Middletown, N.Y.; Samantha Clifford, a sophomore theatre major from Rumson, N.J.; Haley Thomsen, a sophomore theatre major from Tunbridge, Vt.; DeVault; Roy; Hodges and Cunningham.

The play is directed by Dr. Bruce L. Partin, professor of theatre and chairperson of the College's fine arts department. The set and lighting are designed by George Arthur, teaching associate in theatre, and the costumes are designed by Jennie Ruhland, teaching associate in theatre. The production also includes original music composed by Dr. Gordon Marsh, associate professor of music.

As the play begins, a civil war that had almost torn Thebes apart has just concluded with a bloody victory for the Thebans, costing the lives of both of Antigone's beloved brothers. Kreon, Antigone's uncle, has assumed the kingship of Thebes. His first decree is that while one of Antigone's brothers is to be buried with full honors and dignity because he died defending Thebes, the other is to be left unburied and dishonored because he took up arms against his home city. Antigone has a clear choice: she can obey the edict of her uncle and leave her rebellious brother unburied, or she can defy Kreon and give her brother the funeral rites her gods demand. Her decision sets in motion one of history's greatest tragedies, truly a drama for all time.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.