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Mar 1, 2015
Apr 5, 2015

Ancient Greece looks suspiciously similar to the present day in the hands of world-renowned poet and MacArthur Genius Anne Carson (The Autobiography of Red). Antigone has lost two brothers but by law can only bury one. She takes a stand for her beliefs, pitting morality against patriotism, and in doing so starts a series of events that threaten the new-found national peace. It’s one of the most famous myths of all, told and re-told for more than two thousand years, but what use is a cautionary tale if no one heeds it? Carson’s biting and thrilling free translation brings Antigone to new light and casts unexpected shadows on issues of loyalty and family.

Approximate run time: 75 minutes
Not recommended for young theatre-goers


Anne Carson is a poet, essayist, translator, playwright and classicist. With her background in classical languages, comparative literature, anthropology, history and commercial art, Carson blends ideas and themes from many fields in her writing. She frequently references, modernizes and translates Greek mythology. She has published more than a dozen books, all of which blend the forms of poetry, essay, prose, criticism, translation, dramatic dialogue, fiction and non-fiction.

Anne Carson’s translation of Sophokles’ Antigone will premiere in February 2015 at Théâtre National du Luxembourg, in collaboration with the Barbican in London, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivo van Hove; the production will go on to tour London, Paris and New York. Anne is also currently collaborating with Simon McBurney on the cult classic Autobiography of Red. Classic Stage Company produced three of Carson's translations: Aiskhylos' Agamemnon; Sophokles' Elektra; and Euripides' Orestes (as An Oresteia), in repertory, as part of their 2008/2009 season.

Works include: Red Doc>; Antigonick; Nox; If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (translation); The Beauty of the Husband; Men in the Off Hours; Economy of the Unlost; Autobiography of Red; Plainwater: Essays and Poetry; Glass, Irony and God; Eros the Bittersweet: An Essay; Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera; Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides (translation). Carson is a MacArthur Fellow; she has received the Lannan Prize, the T.S Eliot Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and was an Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, Fall 2007.


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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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at Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens
2433 N Lincoln Ave

written by: Sophokles

freely translated by: Anne Carson

directed by: Jonathan L. Green