“Antigone” opened last week, with performances scheduled this Friday and Saturday evening, April 12, and 13 at 7 p.m., with a Sunday afternoon performance on April 14 at 3 p.m. in the COS Kenneth Ford Theater in Weed.

There is one more week to catch the College of the Siskiyous theatre department’s production of the Greek classic tragedy “Antigone” by Sophocles.

“Antigone” opened last week, with performances scheduled this Friday and Saturday evening, April 12, and 13 at 7 p.m., with a Sunday afternoon performance on April 14 at 3 p.m. in the COS Kenneth Ford Theater in Weed.

Director Neil Carpentier-Alting, who also teaches theatre courses at COS, said the response to this unique production has been positive.

“I think the feedback has been terrific,” he said. “People have really enjoyed it. The play is very impactful ...We took some risk when we decided to do it with a postmodern aesthetics with different time periods mixed in,”

After both her brothers die on opposing sides of a civil war, Antigone, daughter of the doomed King Oedipus, resists the orders of the State’s ruler, Creon, and buries her "traitor" brother Polyneices. Her act of rebellion prompts a dramatic sequence of events encompassing hers and Creon's opposing stances.

Carpentier-Alting said that the play is still quite revelant in today’s modern times, as it challenges the audience in a number of ways

“In this production I think we have captured this clear battle of the sexes,” he said. “I like the feminist overtones running through this adapation,”

He added this aspect of the play is more important to showcase with what has occurred as of late with the “Me Too” movement.

According to a press release on this production of Antigone” the play “challenges us to question the position of the individual within the society, the fairness of society’s laws and what happens when the individual rises up against those laws that they deem unjust. This classic tragedy also highlights the empowerment of women, loyalty and love.”

Carpentier-Alting said this production has been quite a collaborate work, with students from design and lighting design classes working along with those in the cast to make this production a reality.

Carpentier-Alting said that this included a two-week table reading where they delved into “the meaning of the play” and character development, which he said gave the actors in the cast a chance to shape their characters,

He encouraged folks to come out and enjoy there performed by a group of local performers that wil make them think.

“I think it’s important to support our local arts and students,” Carpentier-Alting said. I thunk the audience can learn from this play.”

Advance tickets may be purchased from the COS Weed Campus Bookstore or the Yreka Campus Business Office. Tickets will also be sold from the Theater Box Office beginning one hour prior to each show.  The production runs around 1 hour 20 minutes with no intermission.

Cost to attend the performance is $15 general and $10 students/seniors (60+). For more information contact (530) 938-5373 or visit www.siskiyous.edu/theatre.