Theatre MSU Announces 2012-2013 Season Opening with “Antigone”

Theatre MSU Announces 2012-2013 Season Opening with "Antigone" The 19th century German philosopher George Hegel stated that "Antigone" was a play that revealed “a collision between the two highest moral powers . . . the public law of state and the instinctive family love and duty towards a brother.” This Greek tragedy by Sophocles is one of three plays concerning the character of Oedipus, of which "Antigone" was the earliest, written about 441 B.C., and "Oedipus at Colonus" was the last, written about 406 B.C. Written anywhere from 429-425 B.C., "Oedipus the King" was called “the perfect play” by the Greek philosopher Aristotle in the 4th century B.C.    

Along with these two aspects of love, other themes of power and mortality; of free will and that of fate; of determination of individuals; and of the expected reality of women in society are all woven into this timeless classic. The play’s examination of civil disobedience, where individuals have chosen to fight for justice rather than preserve their own personal safety (in this case, the female Antigone defying the king’s orders), can be admired throughout history, as much in Greece in 5th century B.C. as in our global society of 21st century A.D.    


Directed by Dr. Donna Clevinger, the production is part of the Shackouls Honors College “Classical Week 2012,” a celebration of Greek, Roman and other cultures of the ancient world. There will be a “talk back” at the conclusion of each night’s performance exploring an aspect of ancient Greek society from both scholarly and performance perspectives.