Story by: Corbin Sorenson
Wednesday February 17th marked the opening of BYU-Idaho’s production of Antigone, a play written more than twenty-four hundred years ago by the playwright, Sophocles.
Antigone is a follow up to the famous story of Oedipus and what happened to his family.
Richard Clifford, director of this production set the story in a dystopian future and gave it a science fiction spin.
“The themes of the show, I think are pretty universal so this is just an attempt to bring it a little closer, maybe, to the average student and also to put it into a genre that the students are used to,” Clifford said.
Clifford was dedicated to keep these stories relevant and different. We are exposed to adaptation and reboots of old stories in movies and music all the time. However, this hybrid of screen and stage is a far less frequent method we have seen, and it has made students happy to be involved.
“It’s been so exciting going from, ‘is this even possible?’ to it working and being really effective, so yeah, it’s been a lot of fun,” said Laura Chapman, a junior studying theater performance.
Combining two different forms of media also presented its fair share of obstacles. The screens on stage do not run themselves, so a hardworking crew of students and faculty off stage stepped up to not only run the usual lights and sound, but also to figure out how to make Clifford’s vision come to life.
“Working with sound and working with lights is all about tapping into the psychological view of the audience and being able to really get into their brains without them knowing that we’re kind of manipulating them to think a certain way and feel a certain way,” said Katherine Scichilone, a senior studying technical theater.
Camilla Martinez, a senior majoring in theater studies, said the show is a collaborative art and that everyone contributes to making it what it is.
The show began Feb. 17 and ends Feb. 27.