One of the finest works of ancient Greek drama, Antigone brings the conflict between moral and state law to its boiling point.
Creon has taken the thrown of Thebes. He has ruled that Polyneices, who fought and lost the battle of Seven Against Thebes, will not be given proper burial rights. As a loyal sister in mourning, Antigone breaks against Creon to fight for her brother’s honour as moral laws state it is his right. The results rattle the entire country leaving Creon to choose between the law of the land, and the law of his conscience.
Originally performed around 442 BCE at the Great Dionysia festival, Antigone is written by Sophocles, one of only three ancient Greek tragedians whose works have survived to this day. It is the third in a series of plays called the Theban plays, and is based on the Battle of Salamis and exile of Themistocles.
Director: Eftychia Loizides
Producer: Hellenic Ancient Drama and Arts Foundation, Inc.