"Best Theater Troupe for Plays" -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2014
"Best Theater Company" -- Alive Magazine 2013
Ἀντιγόνη -- October 10-26
Upstream Theater, just named Best Theatre Troupe for Plays by the Post-Dispatch, will begin its 10th season with Sophocles’ Antigone, in a new translation by David Slavitt.
The essence of tragedy lies in the clash of irreconcilable moral claims, and no play demonstrates this more powerfully than this drama written nearly 2500 years ago. Here the tragic split is written into the family saga—the same saga we witnessed in our 2010 production of Oedipus King. Now the sons of Oedipus have killed each other outside the gates of Thebes, and Creon—their uncle—declares that only one is to be buried, while the body of the other must be left to decay. Antigone sets her love for her brother higher than her obedience to the state and her respect for divine law greater than her respect for civil authority. But which truth is correct: that of the individual who claims to be in sole possession of the truth, or that of a community that has invested in a rule of law to protect its people?
Our version of the saga continues, with Maggie Conroy as Antigone and Peter Mayer reprising the role of Creon. John Bratkowski also returns in the role of Tiresias. Additional cast members include Wendy Renee Greenwood, Dennis Lebby, Nancy Lewis, Norman McGowan, Andrew Michael Neiman, and Patrick Siler. Directed by Philip Boehm. Set by Michael Heil. Costumes by LaLonnie Lehman. Lighting by Steve Carmichael. Props by Claudia Horn.