Antigone

by Sophocles
translated by Marianne McDonald
directed by Theodoros Terzopoulos
October 7, 2015November 8, 2015

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Adaptation: Antigone Throughout History

“Sophocles is the playwright of heroism, and Antigone is the first female character in drama to be a hero in the full sense of the word. She is the first conscientious objector.” - Marianne McDonald,

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The Body of Dionysus

The work of the actor in tragedy under Mr. Terzopoulos’ direction is very different than standard American rehearsal practices, which often approach the plays through the frame of Freud, Stanislavsky, and realistic drama.  Terzopoulos’ work begins with intense physical training that puts the actor’s body through a series of increasingly difficult positions while focusing on breathing deeply into the diaphragm, followed by vocalizations in a series of sometimes strenuous body positions.

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A journey to the landscape of memory

Back in 2011, during previews for Our Class, I read a brief review in The Guardian of a director I’d never heard of, whom the critic wrote had “created a theatre that, while it has elements of the work of Jerzy Grotowski, seems very much his own: one that explores the cornered human animal in all its naked desperation." I immediately shared the article with Blanka, whose interest was piqued.  “I got on the internet to find more,” she remembers, and she was taken with the acting, which had “a power and presence that I didn’t see that often.” This was our introduction t