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Alban Theater Resurrects Ancient Greek Drama

Reported: Apr. 25, 2014 12:37 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 25, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
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ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) - Producing a play that's nearly 2500 years old, so old in fact that it was written 2000 years before Shakespeare's famous works and almost 500 years before the birth of Christ, is not usually done around here.

But, the storied history of Sophocles' "Antigone" is exactly why its director wanted to stage it.

"Greek drama is not very much done in this area," Marlette Carter, the director said. "Colleges will do it, some high schools will do it but it hasn't been done by a community theater group in at least a decade."

The story's conflict centers around its protagonist, Antigone, who grapples with the question of which laws should be followed, those of the government or those of the heavens. She wants to give her brother a proper burial, but the king has declared him a traitor and forbids it. Antigone struggles with the ethical dilemma of doing what has been ordered, or what is right. The play's star says she's wanted to tackle this role for a long time.

"I actually read this play back when I was in sixth or seventh grade. in my mother's college literature book," Leslie Raab (Antigone) said. "I've loved Sophocles ever since. And I saw the audition notice and I about fell out of my seat. I was really excited."

Even though it was created thousands of years ago, the show's theme is still familiar. The problems faced by the men and women of ancient Greece are similar to the obstacles many of us deal with today.

"Something is just magical about these stories," Mandy Petry (Ismene) said. "They are so ancient. They have been told for thousands of years and long after we are gone these stories are still going to be told."

The Alban Theater Presents Sophocles' "Antigone"

April 25, 26 and May 2, 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Matinees on April 27 and May 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/students

Tickets may be purchased online here:
http://albanartscenter.com/index.php/tickets

Directed by Marlette Carter

Cast:
Antigone: Leslie Raab
Ismene: Mandy Petry
Creon: John Halstead
Queen Eurydice: Jenna Skeens
Skyron: David Comer
Chryseis : Amanda Metzger
Ersa: Nikki Williams
Telphusia: Stacie Sheppard
Ossa: Ostin Williams
Haemon: Thomas Halstead
Lycus: Justin Skidmore
Rhene: Trinh Nguyen
Teiresias: Melanie Larch
Rob Boone: Δ



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