Sophocles' plays have remained in production for more than 2,000 years because they continue to reflect the human experience, as in his Antigone
. Antigone is the sister of Polyneices, who has until recently been the leader of one side of Thebes' civil war. He and Eteocles killed each other in battle, and the new ruler of Thebes, Creon, decrees that Polyneices' body will remain unburied where it fell. This contravenes religious law, but Creon believes it's a just punishment for Polyneices' actions in leading the civil disobedience. Antigone secretly buries her brother's body because she believes the law of the gods outweighs the laws of man, but in doing so sets herself against Creon in a war of wills and of words. Civil unrest, bodies lying in streets, fights over religious versus secular law -- all Antigone
needs is to change a few names and it becomes a collection of the last year's headlines. Upstream Theater presents David Slavitt's new translation of Antigone
at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (October 10 through 25) at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; 314-863-4999 or www.upstreamtheater.org
). There is one performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 26. Tickets are $20 to $30.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 26, 3 p.m. Starts: Oct. 10. Continues through Oct. 19, 2014