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Classical Theatre of Harlem Puts An Afropunk Spin on ANTIGONE

The Classical Theatre of Harlem (Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director) presents "Antigone," inspired by Paul Roche's adaptation from the classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Back for its sixth season of free theater performances and affectionately known as the Uptown Shakespeare in the Park, the Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) is thrilled to return to Marcus Garvey Park this summer, presenting a work that showcases the strength and voices of audacious women responding to rigid societal inequities.

CTH's offering of ANTIGONE is inspired by the Paul Roche adaptation which accomplishes a fidelity to the original while giving CTH the flexibility to showcase ancient ideas that have taken center stage in the current climate: order, law, justice and marginalized voices confronting power and patriarchy.

Set in the city of Thebes in a dystopian future, the struggle for power, glory and the claim to the city shatters the bonds of brotherhood, leaving two men lifeless. The new king proclaims one brother a hero and the other a usurper, leaving his limp body lying in the street as an example to those who dare act against the state. The citizens of the city avert their eyes due to fear, turning instead to their new leader who vows to restore order to the war torn city. But when the sister of the slain Young Brothers protests the edict, she breaks faith with everything she has ever known in order to set things right at any cost.

"Antigone" captures the resoluteness of a woman who refuses to back down, despite what is at stake in a patriarchal society. CTH's fast-moving and provocative drama featuring the company's signature uptown style, passionately speaks to the fraught historical moment we find ourselves in today.

Calling on the cultural landscape of African-American traditions, while adhering to the Greek tragic form; this fresh reimagining of the classic story will captivate, stun and inspire audiences from all backgrounds.

The company of "Antigone" includes: Obie Award winner Ty Jones (as Creon; POWER, Julius Caesar), Kahlil X. Daniel (as Teiresias), Carl Louis (as Haemon), Ava McCoy (as Ismene), Adaku Okpi (as Eurydice) and Toya Turner (as Antigone). The ensemble features Ryan Alvarado, Samantha Barriento, Denzel Fields, Daniela Funicello, Avon Haughton, Brynlie Helmich, Anthony V. Merchant, JoVonna Parks, Nedra Snipes and Thomas Varvaro.

"Our Antigone is inspired by a counter-culture movement known as Afropunk, which will be juxtaposed with the themes of tradition and order. The current political climate is ripe for this story. Women across the world are finding their voices and confronting powerful men, institutions and organizations. This timely ancient text is still clearly relevant today," said Carl Cofield, Director of "Antigone."

"Though we call our summer season 'Uptown' Shakespeare in the Park,' we took a detour this summer to present 'Antigone' for one simple reason - greek plays are unafraid to question everything we value - including life. 'Antigone' is a story where the people, who assert they are right, clash with a system, whose leaders have the same assertion. After 2500 years, 'Antigone' still asks of us - are we all players on an odyssey to find our shared humanity or are we in a perpetual state of ideological warfare that will always end in inhumane violence?" - Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director of The Classical Theatre of Harlem.

Inspired by Paul Roche's Adaptation of "Antigone" by Sophocles
Director: Carl Cofield
Choreographer: Tiffany Rea-Fisher
Costume Designer: Lex Liang
Lighting Designer: Alan Reynolds
Set Designer: Christopher & Justin Swader
Sound Designer: Curtis Craig
Production Stage Manager: Megan Sprowls
Projections: Kate Freer
Props: Samantha Shoffner

The Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of Antigone will be showing at:
The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027
Enter the park at 124th Street & Fifth Avenue, and walk south to the venue.
Tickets: FREE to general public, no reservations required.

The Classical Theatre of Harlem's Uptown Shakespeare in the Park
production of "Antigone" runs July 7-29, 2018. Tuesday - Sunday at 8pm; Fridays at 8:30pm
Previews: July 5-7, 2018; 8pm
Opening Night: July 8, 2018; 8pm
Closing Night: July 29, 2018; 8pm

*Note: In event of inclement weather, notice of show cancellations will be made via The Classical Theatre of Harlem's website and social media pages, please refer to below for web addresses.*

Runtime: 85 minutes; no intermission

Director: Carl Cofield
Carl Cofield is a New York based, award winning director and actor. He directed the award winning world premiere of "One Night in Miami" ( Huffingtion Post best of L.A. 2013, N.A.A.C.P., L.A. Drama Critics Circle and others) for Rogue Machine Theater and the Denver Center Theatre. NYC directing credits include: The 50th anniversary revival of "The Dutchman" (AUDELCO nom for Best Director), "The Seven" by Will Power at the Connelly Theatre, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for NYU, "The Tuskegee Airman Project" for CUNY York College, "Hello, I'm Eve" by Rebecca Nichloson, "The Bear," and others. He assisted Molly Smith in the world premiere of "Camp David" by Laurence Wright at Arena Stage. He also assisted Kent Gash on "Langston In Harlem" at Urban Stages.

As an actor, his work has been seen at The Manhattan Theater Club ("Ruined"), Berkeley Rep, Alliance, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater, Intiman, Actors Theater of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, The McCarter, The Acting Company, The Studio Theatre and many others.

The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) is an American theatre company that tells stories as seen through the lens of the African diaspora and does work that honors the cultural legacy of the neighborhood in which it was founded: Harlem. CTH combines original adaptations, music, and dance to present great classics of world literature as well as contemporary works that will stand the test of time while being truly reflective of the diversity of ideas and racial tapestry that is America. Since its founding in 1999, CTH has presented works ranging from traditional classical playwrights (Anton Chekhov, Euripides and William Shakespeare), to established 20th-century playwrights (August Wilson, Langston Hughes and Jean Genet) to new plays by emerging playwrights. CTH also proudly provides theater-based training and live theater experiences to Harlem youth and their families through its arts education program, Project Classics. The organization engages new audiences, provides artistic development of new work, and gives exposure to emerging playwrights with its three free reading series: Future Classics, Playwrights' Playground, and Revisited Classics.

Major support for CTH provided by Axe-Houghton Foundation, The Braugher Family, Casement Fund, Coalition of Theatres of Color, The Columbus Foundation, ConEdison, The Cultural Immigrant Initiative, Dorris Duke Charitable Foundation, Douglas & Paige Armentrout, Ford Foundation, Google, Harlem Community Development Corporation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, L & N Andreas Foundation, Luther & Deborah Ragin, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, NYSCA, The Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, The Office of NYC Councilmember Bill Perkins, The Office of NYC Councilmember Mark Levine, Puffin Foundation West, Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, SHS Foundation, and Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.

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