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NEWS RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 4,2003

Jean Anouilh's Antigone

Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble presents timeless portrayal of sacrifice, justice and truth

LOS ANGELES, CA. — Circus Theatricals and its membership company the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble, presents Antigone, Jean Anouilh’s World War II update of the Sophocles play by the same name. Antigone, a drama about sacrifice, justice, and truth, will open Tuesday, September 23.

Circus Theatricals Associate Artist Robert Cicchini directs.

The cast includes Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble members Strawn Bovee, Trena Custer, Byron Field, Kent George, Jerry Goble, Tom Kopache,Elizabeth Kouri, Jamieson Price, Elise Robertson, Bill E. Rogers, Zak Ruben and Jack Sundmacher.

The design team includes Nickella Dee Schlanger (sound), and Circus Theatricals veteran Kitty Rose (sets/costumes). Producers are Circsu Theatricals Artistic Director Jack Stehlin, and Jeannine (Welles) Stehlin, Circus Theatricals Producing Director.

In Anouilh’s Antigone, Creon (brother of Jocasta, wife of Oedipus), becomes ruler of Thebes after the deaths of Oedipus’ two sons in the recent civil war. He orders a state funeral for Eteocles, but denies the rites of burial to Polynices. He further decrees that anyone caught trying to bury Polynices will be put to death. Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, defies the decree, risking her life to bury her dead brother. For Antigone, religious laws are superior to the laws of the state. Creon pleads with Antigone to change her mind, but with tragic results.

During World War II, Antigone was staged all over Europe. Antigone’s supreme sacrifice for justice and truth resonated with the people. Ironically, Nazi leaders found the arguments of Creon to be so compelling, that they permitted the play to be performed in Nazi-occupied France.

Antigone plays Tuesday evenings, September 23-October 21, 8PM. Tickets, at $15.00, may be purchased at the Odyssey Theatre Box Office, by calling (310) 477-2055.

More about the play can be accessed on the Circus Theatricals website: http://www.circustheatricals.com.

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Elizabeth Kouri and Tom Kopache in Antigone
Elizabeth Kouri and Tom Kopache in Antigone