Players Open 2019-20 Season with Antigone

    Rehearsing for The University of Scranton Players’ production of “Antigone,” which will run Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6 are, from left, Andrew Vizzard and April Sparks.
    September 23, 2019

    The University of Scranton Players are pleased to announce their first show of 2019-20 season, “Antigone” by Sophocles directed by Michael O’Steen. This classic story of rebellion is as startlingly relevant today as it was when it was written, almost 2,500 years ago. The play will run Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6 in the Royal Theatre in the McDade Center for the Literary and Performing Arts on the University’s campus. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., and the Sunday performances begin at 2 p.m.

    In the aftermath of a civil war, King Creon decrees that Polynices, the slain leader of the rebellion against Thebes, shall go unburied. Judging this against the law of the gods, Antigone, the fiancée of Creon’s son, buries her brother Polynices, setting up a showdown within the family and over the power of the state. Sophocles’ timeless tale of rebellion, power and higher purposes still crackles with vitality some 2,500 years after its first performance. Which is the most just, and what should we follow, the law of the gods or the laws of men?

    The cast features: Nick Baranosky, Stevensville, Maryland; Bridget Fry, Hightstown, New Jersey; Hunter Krieg, Clarks Summit; Emily Remenschneider, Wood Ridge, New Jersey; Kate Ryan, Verona, New Jersey; April Sparks, Archbald; Myles Spencer, Brooklyn, New York; Meg Sweeney, Scranton; Andrew Vizzard, Havertown; and Adam Hill, Middletown, New Jersey. Gillian Williams-Mayers, Scranton, is the production’s stage manager.

    For tickets, contact the Players box office at 570-941-4318 or visit us at Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens, students, and University of Scranton faculty and staff. Second weekend is free for first-year students at the University. Season tickets are $30 for general admission and $21 for senior citizens, students, and University of Scranton faculty and staff.

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    The University of Scranton Players is an academic theatre program that brings exceptional theatre to Northeastern Pennsylvania every season. The Players’ productions feature University of Scranton students in a mix of classical and contemporary works under the direction and mentorship of award-winning faculty and guest artists.
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