Princess Antigone

by  Jules Tasca

Short Play

A newly conceived version of the classic Greek tale. After the battle for the kingdom of Thebes, King Creon declares that one of the two brothers who fought this civil war would remain unburied as a punishment for starting the conflict and as a warning to any other warrior who plots against the state.

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Princess Antigone

by  Jules Tasca

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A newly conceived version of the classic Greek tale. After the battle for the kingdom of Thebes, King Creon declares that one of the two brothers who fought this civil war would remain unburied as a punishment for starting the conflict and as a warning to any other warrior who plots against the state. Antigone, whose brother is left unburied for dogs and vultures to consume, cannot violate her conscience and the rites of burial, which will allow her dead brother's spirit to rest. Going against the state and King Creon, Antigone buries the body of her brother. A classic battle of the individual against the state ensues and spins to its tragic finale.

The chorus in this brand new version comprises seven ballads in short form and long. They can be either chanted or sung to the music, which is included in the play script. Professionals, college or high school groups can easily produce this play.

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

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  • Setting: Thebes, Ancient Greece

Antigone - Daughter of Oedipus
Ismene - Daughter of Oedipus
Creon - King of Thebes
Haemon - Son of Creon
Tiresias - A blind prophet
Eurydice - Wife of Creon
Guard
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Casting Notes

Three actors might play all of the characters using masks, as was the ancient modus.
The chorus can be a singing group, or if preferred, they can chant the lines of the chorus. The choral part can be performed by one person. The single chorus member or group is not masked. For the original length chorus verses and refrains, please check the addendum.

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Jules Tasca

Jules Tasca has taught playwrighting through I.U.P. at Oxford University in England and he has performed with a Commedia dell'arte group in Central Italy. He is the author of over 125 (full length and one-act) published plays that have been produced in numerous national theaters from the Mark Taper For ...

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