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Theatre Presents Greek Classic ‘Antigone’

“One’s actions have far-reaching consequences,” the characters of Antigone learn from the Greek play to be presented in November. Characters include (from left) Avery Ketchum as Antigone, Taylor Lowell as Polyneikes and Gregory Hopkins as Kreon.

OBU Theatre will present “Antigone,” the final story in the classic Greek epic Oedipus Rex, continuing the university’s Centennial Celebration, Nov. 5-6, Nov. 11 and Nov. 13-14. Tickets are now on sale for all performances, which will be in Craig-Dorland Theatre in OBU’s Shawnee Hall.

Antigone focuses on the moral and ethical battle waged between the young maiden and the willful king. The tale is rich in history and unique in production style, using combat, music and dance. This ancient play, based on the works of Sophocles, has inspired dialogue on vital contemporary topics such as the citizen versus the state, religious belief versus civil law, and the role of civil disobedience in society for centuries.

Performances will be Nov. 5-6 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.; and Nov. 13-14 at 2:30 p.m. as part of OBU’s Homecoming festivities. The production is most appreciated by audiences ages 12 and older. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students.

Directed by Dr. Joyce Spivey Aldridge, associate professor of theatre, the Antigone cast is comprised of OBU students, alumni and community performers. The cast includes: Kreon, played by Gregory Hopkins, a member of the Actors’ Equity Association from Shawnee, Okla.; Hamion, played by Brandon Roye, a 2002 OBU alum from Jenks, Okla.; Antigone, played by Avery Ketchum, a freshman theatre major from Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Ismene, played by Joy Fait, a junior theatre major from Arvada, Colo.; Teiresias, played by Tyrone Robinson, a 1993 OBU alum from Shawnee; and Eurydice, played by Megan Lauchner, a senior theatre major from Vinita, Okla.

The cast also includes a chorus leader, played by Katherine Wortley, a senior theatre major from Fort Smith, Ark. The chorus/warriors are played by Sarah Barrett, a sophomore theatre major from Shawnee; Taunia Logan, a senior theatre major from Perryton, Texas; Ashley Mounts, a senior theatre major from Keifer, Okla.; Keri Boone, a freshman anthropology major from Yukon, Okla.; Taylor Lowell, a sophomore biology major from Edmond, Okla.; and JemiJean Jones, a junior family life major from Del City, Okla.

The ancient Greek Sophocles wrote 123 plays during his lifetime. For nearly five decades, he was the most-feted playwright in the dramatic competitions of Athens. He competed in about 30 competitions, winning 24, and never placing lower than second. His most famous tragedies feature Antigone and Oedipus. He greatly influenced the drama, adding characters, reducing the role of the chorus and developing his characters to a greater extent than seen before.

Tickets for OBU Theatre’s Antigone may be purchased at the OBU Box Office, open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Sarkeys Telecommunication Center on campus, or by calling (405) 878-2347. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance; any available seats will be sold at the door.

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