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Baltimore Shakespeare Festival Presents Brecht’s "Antigone"

SOURCE: Baltimore Shakespeare Festival

This modern adaptation is intended to help make the play more accessible to younger audiences.
Baltimore Shakespeare Festival continues its “Season of Defiance” with Bertolt Brecht's "Antigone," opening Friday, October 19 and continuing through Sunday, November 11.

Director Raine Bode tackles Bertolt Brecht’s adaptation of the Greek tragedy, "Antigone." “Raine often strips away theatrical elements to expose the play for what it is—a play," said artistic director James Kinstle in a prepared statement to the press. As translated into English by Judith Malina in 1967, the timeless story looks at defiance through the eyes of the title character, played in this instance by Christine Demuth.

"Antigone" is basically a story of right versus wrong. Written while in exile, Brecht sets "Antigone" in post-war Germany. He deals with the effects of tyranny on its people. The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival’s production is set in relation to military conflicts that the modern world has faced over the past quarter century. “Right vs. wrong is never clean-cut," remarked Bode. "It is always a moral struggle, and in this play, is simultaneous with a societal struggle. In a world where the importance of the individual is second to that of the nation, 'Antigone' attempts to show respect to human dignity and free will.”

The modern adaptation is intended to help make the play more accessible to younger audiences.

Stephen Patrick Martin will play Kreon, James Kinstle is Tiresias, Tara Bradway is Ismene, Owen Scott as Hamon and the cast is rounded out by Dana Whipkey, Molly Moores, Jen Plants, John Benoit and intern Noah Schechter.

Performances of "Antigone" will be given at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for students, teachers, seniors and artists. Student matinees occur on October 24 and 25, and November 1, 7, and 8 at 10:00 am. The Elizabethan Stage is located at St. Mary’s Outreach Center, 3900 Roland Avenue in Hampden. For ticket information call 410-366-8596 or visit

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This story was published on September 17, 2007.