LA Theater Works: Antigone
The two sons of Oedipus are dead, and their sister Antigone wants to bury her dishonored brother. But even as her loved ones try to stop her, she remains unyielding in the face of death. Antigone by Jean Anouilh, translated by Christopher Nixon, starring Elizabeth Marvel, Francis Guinan, and Alan Mandell. Directed by Brendon Fox.
In 1943, the French playwright Jean Anouilh adapted Antigone, the classic Greek story of familial love, justice, and retribution as a parable for the Second World War. In Anouilh’s play, the tidy ends of Greek tragedy are undermined by the moral ambiguities of war … and the steadfast pursuit of vengeance threatens to consume both the victor and the vanquished. The broadcast includes a conversation with Ned Chaillet, former drama critic for the Times of London, who also wrote the introduction for the acclaimed two-volume Methuen edition of Anouilh’s plays.
Elizabeth Marvel, Francis Guinan, and Alan Mandell