The UND Theatre Arts Department is presenting “Antigone” as an online streamed production, Feb. 23-27.
Tickets are $13 for an individual and $20 for a group ticket, which allows the show to be viewed by members of a group or household. Tickets can be purchased through the UND Theatre Arts online box office at https://burtness.und.edu.
The performance is available to view throughout the day for which the ticket was purchased.
“You can enjoy it on your own time,” said Brad Reissig, associate chairman of the Theatre Arts Department, adding that it can be viewed multiple times on that day.
The play, written by Sophocles more than 2,000 years ago and translated by Don Taylor, explores contrasting philosophies on how best to govern a country torn apart by civil war, said Reissig, who also is an associate professor of scenic and lighting design.
The newly crowned King Creon claims the right to rule with an iron fist to bring order, while his niece, Antigone, urges him to use common human decency that respects each individual, according to Reissig.
“Both sides seem to offer a strong argument but only one will prevail in this tense family tragedy that brings many questions to the table," he said.
“Antigone’s youth challenges Creon’s age, while Creon’s son challenges tyrannical rule by offering a democratic solution where a strong leader listens to his citizens. Ultimately, Creon demands loyalty as a man’s right and fights to silence any woman’s voice,” Reissig said.
The conflicts dramatized by Sophocles remain pertinent today, “as we continue to struggle to define what it means to be human,” he said.
The production, directed by Kathleen McLennan, professor of theater arts, features Kyle Mason as King Creon and Katie Germain as Antigone. Other actors are Erin Chaves as Ismene, Robert Cooper as Haemon, Daniel Jung as the soldier, Stevee Wittlieb as Teiresias, Tyler Hebert as the messenger, Dylan Merritt, Piper Sommer and Otto Lieder in the chorus, and Brigitte Froslee and Gabrielle Rice as guards.
Reissig is directing scenic and lighting design, Camilla Morrison is the costume designer and Sarah Kohler is technical and sound design director.
Other production staff members include Alex Rice and Autumn Horton, stage manager and assistant stage manager, respectively; Kristina Swenseid and Sarah Seyfried, scenic painters; Todd Belton, Horton, Mason, Alex Rice, Gabrielle Rice and Matt Sinard, scene shop assistants; Seyfried, lighting set-up for filming; Horton, head electrician; Amy Sanner, costume shop manager; Shelby Hazel, draper; Hazel, Daniel Jung and Anne Mitchell, costume shop assistants; Alex Rice, properties head; Merritt, Zoe Ramsay and Seyfried, on set recording assistants; Reissig, videographer; and Merritt, filming and editing assistant.
Gretchen Osweiler is box office manager and Alex Bodin, HollyAnn Danielson and Rema Thomas, box office staff members.
In response to CDC safety guidelines restricting public gatherings during the pandemic, the production will only be offered online, Reissig said.
For more information, call the UND Theatre Arts Department at (701) 777-2587.