Buchholz Players present Antigone starting February 9

Press release from Buchholz Players

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Antigone is a drama that both borrows and changes many elements of ancient Greek Tragedy. It explores themes of authority and justice, femininity, and sibling rivalry. The theme of following a higher moral law and the dictates of conscience vs. obedience to authority is at the heart of Antigone.

Antigone came to symbolize democracy and resonated with Greece’s war of independence against the Ottoman Empire, as well as America’s struggle against communist Soviet Russia during the Cold War.

Lewis Galantière, who was one of the most recognized translators of this work, sets up the historical context of the play by explaining the significance of performing it in Nazi-occupied France in the 1940s: “All of this might occur in any country where a dictator sets himself above both religion and the people.” This quote also speaks to the play’s relevance to dictatorial situations more generally, reinforcing the play’s key thematic preoccupation with disobeying unjust civil authorities.

With a talented cast of over 20 students, this production of the Greek Tragedy is being staged as a 1930s version of the story taking place in New York City. Buchholz Drama recently brought home the most superiors of any high school from the International Theater Districts Competition under the leadership of Ted Lewis and always produces spectacular shows. 

Antigone runs February 9 – 19 with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. There will be no show on February 11, and the February 18 show starts at 8 p.m. Ticket Prices are $10 for general admission, $8 for Students & Seniors, and free for BHS faculty.

More information is in the poster below:

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  • So this play supports anti-lockdowners, anti-vaxers, anti-maskers. Cool. Interesting factoid: The scienctific name of the Sandhill Crane is Antigone canadensis.

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