by Paula Citron
The interest of writer/director Adam Seelig, whether original or found, is poetic theatre, meaning highly interpretive and imagistic text.
Seelig was living in New York during 9/11 and this life-altering catastrophe has shaped his provocative new play Antigone: Insurgency. The first part is a long monologue, recited with great nuance by actor Richard Harte, detailing Seelig’s view that the Antigone of Sophocles’ ancient Greek drama was the first insurgent. She deliberately acted against the established order of her uncle Creon in order to bury her rebel brother.
The second part is Antigone’s story, with actors Earl Pastko and Cara Ricketts joining Harte. Seelig’s language includes text from today’s leaders to show the situation is the same. Security issues of the state trample rights, is his main point among many.
The beginning monologue is too long, and the play over didactic, but even flawed Seelig is better than most other theatrical experiences.
Antigone/Insurgency continues until Nov. 25.
From the Walmer Centre Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for The New CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.