School of Theatre to Begin The School Year With Sophokles' 'Antigone'
Beginning the last weekend of September, drama enthusiasts at North Greenville University will be able to experience Sophokles’ Antigonein a way they may not expect. In this play, award-winning poet Anne Carson creates what The Guardian calls an “impressively powerful” adaptation of a classical Greek tragedy. The protagonist, Antigone, is faced with a compelling moral dilemma in which she has to choose whether to follow her own moral compass or the stiff traditions of ancient Greek society.
Show times for Antigone are Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m.
The accomplishments of women in the sciences were frequently ignored in previous centuries. That didn’t stop Henrietta Leavitt from reaching for the stars—literally. Silent Sky is based on the life of a 20th-century female astronomer who worked at Harvard Observatory under a patriarchal academic hierarchy. With this play, Atlanta-based playwright Lauren Gunderson helps illuminate the darkness of gender roles around the time of industrialization. Gunderson is currently the most-produced playwright of the 2017-18 season according to American Theatre. Be sure to bring a friend to Billingsley Theatre and watch NGU’s talented student-actors perform this thought-provoking play!
Show times for Silent Sky are Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m.
Although many in the theatre business don’t think of Songs for a New World as a musical, the avant-garde play has no less than sixteen musical numbers. It could be described as a tone poem that expresses the vicissitudes of life. It is also a vocally diverse play that will showcase the musical talent of NGU’s student actors. The subject matter of this play may be more recent than other plays this academic year, but it’s full of universal themes about life.
Show times for Songs for the New World are Feb. 14-16 and Feb. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m.
What academic year would be complete without at least one performance of a classic Shakespeare play by the School of Theatre? The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known and beloved works. Themes of lust, power, and pay-for-play make this dramatic comedy just as relevant in the 21st century as it was 430 years ago. The emotion of this work varies from moments of gut-busting laughter to passionate suspense.
Show times for The Taming of the Shrew are April 4-6 and April 11-13 at 7:30 p.m.
All productions will be performed in the Billingsley Theatre located just behind Einstein’s Bros Bagels and Studio 414.
For ticket information and reservations, contact the Theatre Box Office at 864-977-7085, or order tickets online.
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