Carson's adaptation/translation of Sophocles' ANTIGONE was created to be experienced on the page. Her book contains her hand-inked text, with mysterious spaces and pauses, as well as illustrations by Bianca Stone, seemingly unrelated to the story, on vellum pages that overlay the text. Her language is strikingly contemporary but also has the heightened nature of Greek tragedy. Carson also adds a character that is not in Sophocles: Nick. ("Nick, a mute part is always onstage. He measures things") In this staged version, director Cole Lewis and the design team wanted to honor the object of the book, as well as Carson's evocotive and confrontational language. So actors write and draw on the "pages" of the white walls, and projections overlay the writing. We thought the play had a wild west/post-war suburban desert feel. For Kreon's entrance, we had him cut a door in the cardboard wall. Actors continued to cut holes and shapes in the wall as the play progressed, and Nick continued to repair the holes with tape. In the last scene, when Kreon realizes his stubborness has killed his wife and his son as well as Antigone, he rips the remaining cardboard off the walls, leaving the bare wooden skeletons and a destroyed world.

Directed by Cole Lewis

Set Design: Reid Thompson

Costume Design: Clelia Scala & Alexa Fraser

Lighting Design: Masha Tsimiring

Projection Design: Nick Hussong

Original Compositions: Joe Lapinski

Sound Design: Sam Ferguson

Photographs: Reid Thompson & Dahlia Katz