The Burial at Thebes, translated by Nobel-prize winning poet Seamus Heaney, has its final weekend of performances at the Black Box Theater in the New Academic Building, from November 13-16, 2014.
This production, directed by Hofstra Professor Cindy Rosenthal, is an accessible and timeless version of Sophocles’ Antigone, the mythic story of a young woman who dares to stand up for her principles and speak out against the authority of the state. Hofstra senior and Baltimore native Kelly Dietrich stars as Antigone and says that from the first rehearsals the cast discussed the contemporary themes of this ancient play, including state law vs. moral obligation and justice. Like Antigone, Dietrich has two brothers and was compelled to think about how she would react if the government kept her from expressing respect and love for them or another family member.
Remaining show times for The Burial at Thebes are Thursday-Saturday, November 13-15, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 16, at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. Hofstra community members may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a valid HofstraCard.
Tickets are available for purchase at the John Cranford Adams Box Office at (516) 463-6644, Monday through Friday, 11:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. They may also be purchased at the Black Box Theater, starting 90 minutes before each performance.
For more information on Hofstra’s Department of Drama and Dance, visit www.hofstra.edu/drama-dance.