ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: ‘An Evening of Antigones’ wows audiences

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Antigones by Colt Dodd

‘An Evening of Antigones’ was presented four days in the Black Box Theater.

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February 18, 2015 / Volume XXXVII / Issue I

For four nights, the Black Box Theatre (BBT) was transformed into a place beyond time and space for the production “An Evening of Antigones.” The show was a part of thesis students Miranda Margolis and Sara Linares’ thesis performance that featured two forty-minute versions of the classical Greek play Antigone.

“At first, I wanted to do my own project and take on all of the responsibilities myself […] lighting design, directing, acting and costumes,” Linares said. “Although of course I wanted to recruit some help, I was set on doing everything by myself. Then, our advisor Jose Alberto Portugal suggested Miranda and I spoke to each other because we wanted to do the same project for our thesis…It was a lot of work over a long period of time, but once we had a cohesive team and organized ourselves, it was easier to let every [cast and crew member] do their own thing.”

The first performance, “Antigona Fuirosa,” directed by Margolis, took the classical play of Antigone and placed it outside temporal reality in typical absurdist fashion. The second showing, “¡Antigona…Cerda!” directed by Linares, offered the recognizable version of the classical play, showcasting the emotional turmoil in the wake of family death. Margolis and Linares took on the roles of director and actor for both plays.

“I feel like one has to experience both roles in order to truly understand theatre,” Linares said. “I prefer to act because that is how I express myself, but directing sometimes lends you a voice that you wouldn’t ordinarily have to express your opinions about the staging.”

The performance was funded through the Council of Academic Affairs roughly in the amount of $800, and through an additional donation from Linares’ parents.

Margolis remarked that she was satisfied with how the production ran.

“The BBT can be a challenging space to work with, being that the ceiling is low and we have no wing space (places for the actors to be off stage), but everyone involved put in countless hours, and in the end both shows turned out really well,” Margolis told the Catalyst via email. “It’s pretty rare to see a full production put up at New College, let alone two productions back to back.

This was one of the first productions sponsored by the Windmill Theatre Company. The spring season will continue with La Mandragola by Niccolò Machiavelli, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, and 13 Objects by Howard Barker.

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