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by Sophocles, Translated by Nicholas Rudall
Directed by Gabrielle Randle-Bent,
Associate Artistic Director

Feb 02, 2024 — Mar 02, 2024

“Court Theatre is surely the leading American theater when it comes to productions of Greek tragedy” -Chicago Tribune

As Antigone mourns her brothers who have murdered each other in a civil war, she must decide if she will sacrifice her life to balance the scales of justice. Her victorious brother is posthumously exalted; her treasonous brother is left unburied by order of King Creon, Antigone’s uncle and adversary. Antigone deliberately defies the king’s edict and buries her traitorous brother, igniting a devastating chain of events and thrusting urgent questions of justice to the fore.

The Oedipus Trilogy

With Antigone, Sophocles’s timely masterwork, Associate Artistic Director Gabrielle Randle-Bent (The Island) brings Court’s Oedipus Trilogy – Oedipus Rex, The Gospel at Colonus, and Antigone – to an exhilarating conclusion. Randle-Bent’s striking interpretation of Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall‘s translation not only completes this theatrical odyssey, but renders Sophocles’s classic tale electrifyingly alive, inviting audiences to hear his poetry anew. As a result, Randle-Bent frees Antigone from the trap of martyrdom, situates her in our modern conversation about the price of democracy, and asks – crucially – if it’s a price we’re willing to pay.

Digital Program

Music and rhythm play a huge role in Antigone. Below, listen to a playlist specifically curated by the Poets (Danielle Davis and Cage Sebastian Pierre) to introduce you to the soundscape of their world.

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Supported by The Marion M. Lloyd Court Theatre Fund.

Photo of Timothy Edward Kane, Ariana Burks, and Aeriel Williams by Michael Brosilow. Accessibility equipment loaned by Cultural Access Collaborative with special thanks to the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Antigone (Rudall, trans.) is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Artistic Team




Articles and Interviews

Gained In Translation

Court Theatre intern Eleni Lefakis discusses the difficulties inherent in translation and how Rudall's ANTIGONE succeeds despite them.

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