Happy Theater and sorrows&songs
Saturday, September 15
Mascher Space Cooperative
Two performers walk the tightrope between comedy and pathos in this contemporary take on the Antigone story. Told through physical theater, dance, clowning, audience interaction, and…orange traffic cones. An “exquisitely executed” experience.
$16 / 45 minutes
Inspired by Sophocles’ Antigone, AntiCone is the largely wordless story of an immigrant who is put to work building a wall against her country of origin (and, therefore, her brothers), under the dangerous eye of new leader, Creon, and against the pull of her ancient namesake. Scored by the evocative and visceral original music of Alexander Nikitin, the play combines physical theatre, clowning, and audience interaction, with unique, powerful dances choreographed and performed by Moscow-trained Natasha Mirny as Antigone. Tia Shearer, who has been called one of DC’s “most versatile actors” (BroadwayWorld) and a “straight up chameleon” (DC Theatre Scene), plays the five characters surrounding Antigone, including Creon, her brother, and the Chorus. The team is rounded out by stage manager Jennifer Arezzo, and 25 bright orange traffic cones. AntiCone was awarded funding through the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County for its premiere just outside Washington, DC last fall. The show is recommended for ages 13 and up.