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BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 30, 2017 – The Theatre Department at King University will present
“Antigone,” a Greek tragedy by Sophocles, in the Fine Arts Theatre on King’s main
campus in Bristol, Tenn. The production takes place Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. each evening
and on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m.
The classic play, “Antigone,” is directed by King University Assistant Professor of
Theatre Kiara Pipino. “Chris Slaughter, Theatre Department Chair, and I wanted to
go back to the classics,” said Pipino. “The message of the play is you have to create
dialogue. The dialogues have to be led and fueled by common sense and a genuine wish
of finding the best solution for everyone involved.”
Antigone was the daughter of King Oedipus. When her father died, she then grew up
in her uncle’s household, Creon, King of Thebes. When her brothers, Eteocles and Polynices,
were of age, they would take turns every other year serving as King. They each wanted
to remain King forever, so they fought to decide, and in doing so killed one another.
When Antigone found out one brother would not receive an honorable burial, she escaped
the palace and buried her brother with honor, knowing she would be put to death for
so doing. Antigone, who had been promised in marriage to King Creon’s son, Haemon,
was sealed in a tomb to starve to death. King Creon’s son and wife both end their
lives out of grief. King Creon is then left all alone in the end.
“All of our Theatre majors are involved in one way or the other plus several community
members who are part of this cast. The community members allow us to have a bigger
production but also provide a great communal experience; students and community members
acting alongside one another, learning from each other,” said Pipino.
General admission tickets for the performances of “Antigone” are $5 general admission,
and free for King University students, faculty, and staff with a King University ID.
Tickets will be available at the door one hour before each performance. Seating is
limited, and, due to the staging, audience members cannot be seated once the production
begins. Contact the Theatre Department at 423.652.4800 for more information.
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