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Antigone (Anouilh) - Full Length Play, Drama

Antigone (Anouilh)

Lewis Galantiere, Sophocles, Jean Anouilh

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Full Length Play, Drama

8m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573605468

Adapted by Lewis Galantiere
From the play by Jean Anouilh
"Its dimensions are noble, its intentions uncompromising." - Southwestern University, Texas

Produced in modern dress in New York with Katherine Cornell and Sir Cedric Hardwicke, the Galantiere version of the Greek legend comes from a Paris that suffered under the heel of tyranny. The play's parallels to modern times are exciting and provoc…

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Adaptations (Literature)

Time Period - Contemporary, Greek; Roman & Biblical

Settings Of Play - Simple set, non-representational

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Cuttings allowed, UIL Approved

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

Produced in modern dress in New York with Katherine Cornell and Sir Cedric Hardwicke, the Galantiere version of the Greek legend comes from a Paris that suffered under the heel of tyranny. The play's parallels to modern times are exciting and provocative.
"Its dimensions are noble, its intentions uncompromising." - Southwestern University, Texas
Galantiere's adaptation of Anouilh's Antigone was first presented on Broadway by Katharine Cornell in association with Gilbert Miller at the Cort Theatre in New York City on February 19, 1946. It was directed by Guthrie McClintic.
Characters

CASTING

8m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS
ANTIGONE
NURSE
ISMENE
HAEMON
CREON
FIRST GUARD
SECOND GUARD
THIRD GUARD
MESSENGER
PAGE
EURYDICE
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)

Jean Anouilh

Jean Anouilh was born in Bordeaux on June 23, 1910. After completing his early schooling, Anouilh studied law for a short time at the Sorbonne, and then worked as a copywriter at Publicité Damour. He also wrote comic scenes for the cinema. In 1929 he collaborated with Jean Aurenche on his first play, Humulus Le Muet. It was followed in the same year by Mandarine. In 1931 Anouilh married the ... view full profile

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Reviews
Rachel Carothers 2/21/2014 10:03 AM
A classic modern adaptation of a classic Greek play. There are countless reviews both artistic and academic available that detail the strengths of Anouilh's Antigone.

As a High School Director I would offer both recommendation and caution.

Cautions: As stated, you must have a strong male and female, both of who can be commanding onstage, even with long and intellectual passages. Additionally, all of your students must be able to take ownership of the play - the language sits somewhere between modern and classic and they must be able to make the world of the play real and immediate.

Recommendations - This is an excellent play to put on at the High School level because of the content! Teenagers can absolutely relate to the themes of the individual, choice and purposeful rebellion. They will LOVE the characters and what they stand for. The show has a range of opportunity for emotions/situations for them to play with. And you can tie all of this into historical (or modern) studies of revolt. They can make connections between their own feelings of rebellion and those revolutions happening around them to better understand current events.
Doug Strandell 10/2/2013 1:26 PM
This is a great show. You need to have a strong female and male lead for Antigone and Creon.  They need to be able to memorize long sections of dialogue.  The themes present in the show are timeless and even though we are only a few weeks into rehearsals we have had some great discussions.  Our school is used to musicals and comedies and I am anxious to put on a show that will stretch the kids and our audiences.
Samuel Wilson 4/19/2013 2:38 PM
It is no longer a question that classics have become a staple of contemporary theatre to communicate new ideas: directors from all over the world and every kind of company imaginable have been cutting and pasting, tearing apart and building up Aeschylus and Sophocles in a modern theatrical gold-rush.

What remains one of the most incisive and earliest modern adaptation of one of the great Theban Plays is Jean Anouilh's Antigone (pronounced in the French way).  His startling translation is frank, written in a prose that defies hierarchy with a quick stroke.

The laments of the lyric odes gone, we are left with a stark representation of the myth that no doubt reflects the historic context of Anouilh's adaptation: 1944 Nazi occupied France.

It would be unfair to say that the history of the writing and its first performance at the Théâtre de l'Atelier in Paris haven't affected our reading of the translation years later.  It is a small miracle that the play was even allowed to open.  However years later the play is still marked with the spirit of insurrection with which it began.

In the present climate of theatre, we could learn from Anouilh and do a little more insurrect-ing and a little less collaging.

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