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Anti-Gone at Needs More Work Productions

Dates: (7/12/2024 - 7/21/2024 )

Theatre:

Needs More Work Productions

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31-57 51st St, Woodside, Queens, NY 11377.
New York City,NY 11377

Tickets: Free

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Needs More Work Productions presents a one of a kind adaptation for Sophocles’ Greek tragedy. Join them this summer to have your say in deciding the famous play’s ending- Should Antigone be pardoned? Ismene crowned Queen Regent of Thebes? Maybe Creon was right all along? This summer - the choice is completely yours.

Anti-Gone presents an innovative approach to the well known classic. In the show, a modern acting troupe battles with the strict societal values presented in Antigone. The only way to solve the puzzle is through a complete dismantling of the theatrical form and an honest discussion with you - the audience. Is a happy ending for Antigone’s story possible? Will we be able to find that which has not been found in the 2,500 years since the play’s premiere- a solution?

The cast and crew of Anti-Gone includes Sivan Raz, Gianna Vasquez Bartolini, Joni Griffith, Hila Shats, Katy Shafer, Maggie Dickinson, Devon Khalsa, Eli Lomax and Ian Johnston.


Ages: Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Cast and Creative team for Anti-Gone at Needs More Work Productions

Cast

Sivan Raz

Haemon
Sivan Raz is a magnetic actor, singer and director. A nuanced and imaginative performer, their credits include: Two Noble Kinsmen (Queen/Gerald/Dance Captain), The Words Will Come (Sheila), Waiting For Samuel (Didi), Henry IV Part 1 (Poins/Vernon), Measure For Measure (Juliet/Abhorson) and In The Heights (Ensemble). As an Audio Verse Award winning director, they create unique sensory experiences with works such as Cyrano De Bergerac, Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, God Of Carnage and podcasts like Shelterwood and SDITE.


Katy Shafer

Antigone
Katy Shafer (she/her) is so excited to be in the production of Anti-gone! She is a NYC-based actor whose past credits include: Alt-Hamlet (Charlotte), Julius Caesar (Classical Studio), Romeo and Juliet (NSB), and Haunted (Summerstock Austin). She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied musical theatre and Shakespeare. When she is not performing, she is tutoring high school students in math and prepping for a half marathon (in August!). Thank you to her friends and family for all the constant support and love. @katyshafer


Maggie Dickinson

Creon
Maggie Dickinson is a Harlem-based stage actor and singer. This will be her first production with Needs More Work and she can't wait to share her passion for both classical and site-specific work. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Theatre Studies from Wellesley College and currently trains with The Barrow Group.


Hila Shats

Chorus Leader
Hila is a graduate of the American musical and dramatic academy here in the city, and has most recently appeared in Urinetown at the secret theater. On weekends they can be found playing a man eating plant at Brooklyn escape room. Hila has been a photographer for needs more work productions and is glad to join them on stage, and is excited to finally have use for their high school literature classes where Antigone was the first play they ever read!


Devon Khalsa

Ismene
Devon Khalsa just moved here from Texas and is very excited to be here! She graduated from Texas State University and misses Austin and San Marcos dearly (but not the heat). She loves astrology and tarot, and she is very down to give free readings.


Eli Lomax

Teiresias, The Guard
Eli Lomax (They/Them) is an actor, artist, and clown originally from the Louisville area. Eli earned their BFA from the University of Evansville with a focus on Theatre Performance. This is their first production with Needs More Work Productions and first performance since recently relocating to the city. Eli has been working with classical texts since the age of 12 and loves adapting them for modern audiences. They look forward to combining their love for physical expression, classical text, and immersive theatre in this one of a kind show.


Creative Team

Sivan Raz

Director/Composer
Sivan Raz is a magnetic actor, singer and director. A nuanced and imaginative performer, their credits include: Two Noble Kinsmen (Queen/Gerald/Dance Captain), The Words Will Come (Sheila), Waiting For Samuel (Didi), Henry IV Part 1 (Poins/Vernon), Measure For Measure (Juliet/Abhorson) and In The Heights (Ensemble). As an Audio Verse Award winning director, they create unique sensory experiences with works such as Cyrano De Bergerac, Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, God Of Carnage and podcasts like Shelterwood and SDITE.


Gianna Vasquez Bartolini

Choreographer
Gianna Vasquez Bartolini is a NYC based actor, dancer, and director/choreographer. who made her NYC choreographic debut as the Associate Choreographer of The Frankenstein Project. Previous directing/choreographic credits include: Westchester Dance Artists: (company choreographer 2018-present), Bender JCC of Greater Washington: The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin Jr., Seussical, and Beauty and the Beast Jr. Regional Performance Credits include Gateway Playhouse: Evita (ensemble), A Christmas Carol (Swing, female u/s), The Argyle: West Side Story (Swing, dance captain), and The Palace NH: The Wizard of Oz (Featured ensemble). Graduate from SUNY at Purchase College, Conservatory of Dance and AMDA NY, Integrated Music Theatre. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew on an incredible show!


Joni Griffith

Music Director
Joni Griffith (she/her) is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and movement artist currently residing in Minneapolis and sometimes New York City. When not on her bicycle, she can be found performing everywhere from theatrical stages to rural farms. She is a member of theatre companies Mixed Precipitation and Birth Play Project, as well as an associate artist with Combustible Company, helping devise and create original works in addition to new adaptations of classical text. She has written original music for multiple shows in the midwest including Monster Heart, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Elemental Body. www.jonigriffith.com


Devon Khalsa

Music Captain
Devon Khalsa just moved here from Texas and is very excited to be here! She graduated from Texas State University and misses Austin and San Marcos dearly (but not the heat). She loves astrology and tarot, and she is very down to give free readings.


Eli Lomax

Props/Costume Master
Eli Lomax (They/Them) is an actor, artist, and clown originally from the Louisville area. Eli earned their BFA from the University of Evansville with a focus on Theatre Performance. This is their first production with Needs More Work Productions and first performance since recently relocating to the city. Eli has been working with classical texts since the age of 12 and loves adapting them for modern audiences. They look forward to combining their love for physical expression, classical text, and immersive theatre in this one of a kind show.




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