About the event

Western is a contemporary recreation of the ancient Greek stories of Antigone and her siblings (the sons of Oedipus). The Sophoclean plot — the story of Antigone proper —is transferred to one of the most urgent issues in the United States and worldwide: the problem of national borders, forced migration and expulsions.

This Antigone is looking for a place to bury her dead brother Polynices, and faces the troubles of being a non-citizen, and is thus denied the land where she could give burial to her brother. Sophocles himself is a character in the play, and is confronted by the other characters about his stance as a playwright concerning the lives, and deaths of these characters.

Using absurd humor and meta-theatrical narration, the play fleshes out the relativity of the categories of citizenship and geo-political borders, as well as the role of the literary tradition in perpetrating ideological frontiers.

Playwright: Cristina Pérez Díaz

Directed by Javier Antonio González

Antigone: Tania Molina
Sophocles: David Skeist
Eteocles: Pedro Leopoldo Sánchez Tormes
Narrator: Noah Davies-Mason
Chorus Leader: Nathan Oglesby
Set: Jian Jung
Stage Management: Brooke Bell

The play runs Thu, Fri, Sat June 23rd-June 25th at 8:00pm, and Sunday, June 26th at 6:00pm at Clemente Soto Vélez Theater El Flamboyán, 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002

This event is presented as part of Translation, an interdisciplinary research group that investigates how translation might be understood as a process of transformation that deepens engagement with places, people, cultures, and languages. The group is supported by the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research. For more information or to join, email[email protected].

Cosponsored by the Translation Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.