Burial at Thebes

By Seamus Heaney

Directed by Hannah Nies

In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch.

Sophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: She takes her own life, initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's history. (www.samuelfrench.com/p/20841/the-burial-at-thebes-a-version-of-sophocles-antigone)

Produced by Upstart Crows Productions, Inc. at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison, WI 53711

Performances: July 27-29, 2017

Performance Times:
July 27, 28, and 29

Ticket Prices: Donations taken at the door. Suggested donation $15 per person

Call 608-827-9482 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Actors age 10-22 are invited to audition.
auditions will be held at Madison Central Library, 201 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703, Room 111

May 7 from 1 - 5pm
May 13 from 1 - 5 pm

No preparation necessary. Sides will be provided. Please bring resume and headshot.
10 characters; casting is gender- and ethnicity-blind. All are invited to audition!

for more information, contact upstartcrowstheatre@gmail.com or 608-827-9482