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Transcript of Antigone Intro
A Greek Tragedy
Antigone by Frederic Leighton, 1882
Genevieve Bujold as Antigone in the 1974 Broadway production
Christopher Eccleston as Creon and Jodie Whittaker as Antigone in the 2012 National Theatre production (UK).
Lisa Stuart as Antigone and Matthew Wade, Chris Gunter, Robert Finlay - Chorus (Toronto 2010)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville production
one major plot, few or no subplots
action takes place in 24 hours or less
one central setting or physical space
Introduction to Greek Theater
The Greek chorus played two roles: actor and narrator.
Like modern movies, the Greek dramas also had a soundtrack, which was provided by the chorus. While a movie soundtrack has a combination of sound effects, score and songs by various artists, the Greek drama's soundtrack was the voice of the chorus. The chorus connected the audience and the actors. It also sets the tone and mood of the play, much like a modern movie's soundtrack.
wrote 120+ plays
introduced the third actor
all "professional" actors (playwright no longer acted)
Structure of Greek Drama
3 actors playing multiple characters
+ The Chorus
Purpose of a chorus?
voice of the community
insight into the action
The Theater of Epidaurus
Label the parts of the theater.
Festival of Dionysus
About Greek Performances
Greek Masks & Costumes
What can you predict about the play based on the following images?
Antigone: 3rd part of Theban Trilogy
"prequel" = Oedipus Rex, then Oedipus at Colonnus
a cursed family
Oedipus at Colonnus
Fight over the thrown between Oedipus' two sons
Both sons die in battle