Join USC president C. L. Max Nikias for a performance on November 19th of Jean Anouilh’s reimagining of Antigone. This adaptation of Sophocles’ classic tragedy about morality in the face of immoral power dares us to choose between our personal values and those of the world in which we live. The performance will be followed by a conversation with President Nikias and director Robertson Dean. Jean Anouilh was one of France’s most important writers in the decades following World War II, and Antigone is perhaps his best-known work. Produced under Nazi censorship and first performed in Paris in 1944, it has been widely interpreted as an allegory for the French resistance and the Nazi occupation. Anouilh’s Antigone will be performed by A Noise Within, a Pasadena-based theatre company that promotes classical theatre as an essential means for our community to confront the universal human experience. One of drama’s most compelling heroines, Antigone accepts her fate with fearless grace—and dares us all to rise to the greater good.
(1944 original production, Paris)