KCC’s fall play “Antigone: Closure” to open Nov. 10

A hand pours dirt onto a hand on the ground in a promotional Web slide for KCC's presentation of the play "Antigone: Closure."

Kellogg Community College will open its 2017-18 theatre season with an original adaptation of a classic tragedy, written by KCC theatre professor Brad Poer.

“Antigone: Closure,” a contemporary take on Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Antigone,” will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Binda Performing Arts Center on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek. Additional performances will be held at:

  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov 12
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 18
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19

Tickets are $5 for KCC students and employees and $10 for the general public, and may be reserved in advance by calling 269-965-4154.

“Antigone: Closure” is a brand-new, gritty, contemporary adaptation of the original; both plays focus on the title character’s determination to bury her brother in defiance of the law and the ensuing fallout and punishment for her actions.

Poer’s updated version is set after the fall of the American civilization, and will be presented in a more intimate “thrust” setup where the audience is actually seated onstage, surrounding the actors on three sides. Poer said the seating arrangement creates a more intimate experience both for the actors and the audience, and directly ties into the setting of the play.

“Tragedies are especially great at teaching moral lessons and encouraging self-reflection in an audience,” Poer said. “We’ve worked really hard to ensure that the show is as relatable and immersive to a 21st century American audience as it can be. From the language, the setting and the cinematic underscore to the positioning of the audience itself. This story still has lessons to teach – even if it’s 1,500 years old now.”

For more information, contact KCC Theatre professor and “Antigone: Closure” writer and director Brad Poer at poerb@kellogg.edu.

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