Last week, BYU-Idaho’s theatre group premiered their adaption of the well-known play, Antigone.
Richard J. Clifford, a professor in the theatre department and director of Antigone, was crucial in developing the new adaptation of the play, which has been around since 441 BC. He wanted to adapt a play that could better relate to contemporary audiences, added a dystopian twist, while keeping the mythic qualities of the Greek play.
Some audience members were surprised by the adaptation.
“It has a futuristic setting, which really shocked me,” said Chase Barkdull, a freshman studying business management.
It was not just the acting that made the play great, but the whole production team.
“The whole set up was really impressive,” said Joshua Soto, a freshman sutdying business management. “I felt more engaged because of how the stage was set up and positioned. The light, sound, and technology they used was also really innovative and it was something I hadn’t seen before.”
Some parts of the play may be confusing for those not familiar with the story line. But with Clifford’s adaptation, every viewer can find something to appreciate from the play. “I was really blown away,” Barkdull said. “Once I put together the pieces, I thought it was a great play.”
Antigone will be running from Feb. 23-27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts in the Black Box Theatre. Admission is $3 for BYU-Idaho students, and $6 for the general public. Event dress. No children under 6 allowed.