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ASU Theatre announces cast for
Seamus Heaney's 'The Burial at Thebes'
The ASU Theatre announces
the cast of the February production of “The Burial at Thebes,”
by Irish Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. Heaney’s
play is a version of Sophocles’ fifth-century tragedy “Antigone.”
“The Burial at Thebes” will
be performed at Fowler Center Friday-Saturday, Feb. 12-13 and
Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb.16-17 at 7:30 p.m. A “meet the company” dessert
reception will follow the Feb. 12 opening night performance. All
performances will take place in Fowler Center,
201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.
Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, is faced with a terrible choice when
her brothers Eteocles and Polyneices slay each other in battle. Her
uncle, Creon, has declared that one brother, Etocles, be honored and
buried, and the other, Polyneices, be left unburied. Defying Creon’s
edict, Antigone buries Polyneices. Creon condemns her to death, and she
is walled up in a tomb. Eventually, Creon reconsiders his death
sentence, but it is too late. Antigone has taken her own life, and the
tension between personal and familial loyalty and duty to authority
continues to play out with tragic consequences for Creon.
The ASU Theatre’s production of “The Burial at Thebes” is under the
stage direction of Tim Bohn, assistant professor of Theatre. Scenic
design is by Jeff McLaughlin, assistant professor of Theatre; lighting
design is by Bob Simpson, professor of Theatre, and Alex Poynor, a
senior Theatre major from Jonesboro, will serve as costume designer.
Manuel Angeles, a senior Theatre major from Little Rock, will serve as
technical director. Stage management duties for the production have been
assigned to Amy Penny, a senior theatre major from Jonesboro.
The cast includes Kayla
DuVall, a sophomore theatre major from Hot Springs, as Antigone; Whitney
Conley, a freshman theatre major from Paragould, as Ismene/Eurydice; Ben
Griffin, a sophomore theatre major from Benton, as Creon; Matt Morgan, a
sophomore Theatre major from Jonesboro as Guard; Freddie Fulton, a
freshman theatre major from Little Rock, as Haemon; James Kaut, a junior
theatre major from Jonesboro, as Tiresias; and Daniel McFadin, a
freshman theatre major from Springdale, as Messenger/Boy. The chorus
includes Aleigha Morton, a junior theatre major from Searcy; Ashlea
Armstrong, a freshman theatre major from Searcy, Bridget Bolton, a
freshman theatre major from Chicago, Ill.; Cecily Sullivan, a sophomore
theatre major from Cabot; Lauren Emerson, a senior theatre major from
Jonesboro; and Drew Bradbury, a freshman theatre major from Hot Springs.
All seating is reserved, and tickets for reserved seating may be
purchased in advance at the ASU Central Box Office in the Convocation
Center, or by calling 972-ASU1. Tickets are also available online at
http://www2.astate.edu/tickets/ --click the ticket icon or the
tickets tab in the menu bar. Reserved seating tickets, if available,
may be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance. Ticket
prices for ASU Theatre’s 2009-10 season performances are $10 in advance
and $12 at the door. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly
Children younger than six years old are not admitted to the ASU Theatre.
Please arrive early; latecomers will not be seated until intermission.
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