Lasso: What attracted each of you to your roles?
Junior Drama major Britnee Schoville: “I know how superficial this sounds, but Ismene is, like, the pretty one. She’s the one that everybody turns their heads to, and I’ve never really played anything like that before.”
Senior Drama major Matthew Defoore: “I’m playing Creon in the play. Creon’s kind of the opposing force countering Antigone, the lead. It’s a very complex role. I think playing Creon has kind of given me that sort of understanding because leaders are expected to make decisions that will not benefit everyone; someone will be left on the wayside. I think it’s a great role to explore that aspect.
Lasso: Where do you get your inspiration from?
First-year Drama major Lauren Jordan: “For me, I mean, in the classic “Antigone,” Eurydice is trapped in a tower. She’s knitting away her life, like she can’t do anything. So it’s very much, I think, the traditional sense of the man of the household goes and handles all the business and then the wife doesn’t have an opinion or she isn’t able to freely give it.”
Lasso: What are the challenges you faced playing your role?
First-year Drama major Nathaniel Hill: “For all the young lover roles I have played, I have never actually been in love. So it’s finding emotions and using them in such a way that you would believe that Haemon loves Antigone. Complaining to my father, that’s nothing new. In the love department, that’s where it’s lacking.”
Lasso: What do you hope the audience takes away from this play?
Senior Drama major Riley Jo Payne: “People are going to think ‘Oh, “Antigone.” They’re going to be dressed up like Greek goddesses in long robes prancing around the stage with, like, golden shoes.’ They aren’t just going and sitting down and watching. It will be a different experience than normal “Antigone,” so I hope they get that immersion experience and the effect that the war had on people with a new kind of script like this.”
According to the Press Release of “Antigone”: “TWU Drama has reset Anouilh’s classic play in a nightclub in Nazi-occupied Paris. The patrons of the club take on the classic roles of Antigone, Ismene and Creon despite the oppressive presence of occupation soldiers. As the play progresses, the citizens of occupied Paris
and Antigone face the same impossible question: Which should we follow, the law or our conscience?” This 20th century adaptation, directed by TWU associate professor Steven Young, promises to be interesting.