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Whitworth Theatre Presents Its Spring Production, “Antigone”

March 15, 2021

Whitworth Theatre is proud to present its virtual spring production, Antigone, March 19-21. Although it is “rooted in the text of Ancient Greece,” the production is “brimming with original contributions that will appeal to a contemporary audience,” says Naphtali Leyland Fields-Forbes, visiting assistant professor of theatre and Antigone director.

In this ancient Greek play, the city of Thebes is ravaged by a plague due to the corruption of its leader, Oedipus. After Oedipus’ death, his sons wage war over who will rule in his absence. The city is tired, despairing and longing for stability. The newly appointed leader, Creon, promises security but only for those who follow him without question. One woman, Antigone, stands up against his oppressive rule. Despite popular support from the citizens, she is executed. The law of the land seemingly triumphs over personal conviction and the fight for justice. 

“We are living in turbulent times,” Fields-Forbes says. “We know what it is to be tired by plague, to long for stability and safety, to despise the contention between political leaders. Some would contend that violence is the answer, but that isn’t Antigone’s solution. She models nonviolent, self-sacrificial love. Hers is an example worth following.”

This production is unlike any other Whitworth Theatre has produced before. Because Antigone is being produced in a digital format, the crew is able to include time-lapse videos of original artwork that illustrates all six songs sung by the chorus. 

Stephy Nobles-Beans, Whitworth’s associate chaplain for diversity, equity & inclusion ministry, contributed original music inspired by the play for the opening and closing credits. Three students, Katie Ludlam ’21, Anna Rajala ’21 and Sarah Hull ’22, sing six original songs adapted from the choral odes and set to music by Fields-Forbes and composer Susannah Brister.

“While nothing can compare to being in a room together, we are excited by the opportunities for wider distribution that streaming offers,” Fields-Forbes says. “Further, this has been a great opportunity for our students to experience acting in front of a camera.”

The production runs Friday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here. Individual viewers, $15; multiple viewers on same device, $25; and individual Whitworth students with I.D., $3.

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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