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Fall Play, Burial at Thebes, Set For November 11-12
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Fall Play, Burial at Thebes, Set For November 11-12

This year's play will be staged in the Tannery

NEW LEBANON, NY—For its fall play, the Darrow Theater Workshop has taken on two unique challenges: staging a modern adaptation of a classic Greek tragedy, and doing it in an unusual setting. On Friday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, November 12, at 3:30 p.m., the ensemble will perform The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles’s Antigone by Seamus Heaney. Both shows are free and open to the public, and for the first time in many years, will be held in the Tannery, not in the Darrow Theater where it is usually presented. 

The play, written by the Irish Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, is based on the fifth century B.C.E. tragedy, Antigone, by Sophocles, which tells the story of the daughter of Oedipus, King of Thebes. Focusing on themes of morality and individual freedoms and the imposition of restrictions by the state, the play contains several variations on Sophocles’s original.

“When I chose Antigone for the fall play earlier this year,” said Jennifer Pytleski, Director of Performing Arts, “I wasn’t aware at the time of what would be happening politically in our country right now with the current election. The idea of tragedy in Greek theater is the presentation of a very complex argument to the audience” she said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that either party is wrong. The whole idea is that, if I defy a president or a leader, do I still have rights as a citizen of that country?” Pytleski said that Heaney’s adaptation manages to blend both some of the political and current events happening at the time it was written (2004) with classic elements of Greek tragedy, including issues of morality and interaction with the chorus. The historic Tannery building was chosen to stage the play because of its natural lighting and similarity to classic Greek theaters, with multi-level staging and assorted entrances and exits.

Both Friday evening’s and Saturday afternoon’s performances will be held in the Tannery and will be free and open to the public.

Public requests for information should be directed to Sarah Frederick, Associate Director of Annual Fund and Event Coordinator, at fredericks@darrowschool.org, or 518-794-6555. 

Media inquiries: Steve Ricci, Director of Communications, at 518-794-6004, riccis@darrowschool.org.  

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