THE BURIAL

AT THEBES

 

 

 

WRITTEN BY SEAMUS HEANEY

 

 

PERFORMED AT BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

 

IN WATTERS THEATRE

DIRECTED BY ELIZABETH MOZER

 

 

SCENIC DESIGN BY HOLDEN GUNSTER

 

 

LIGHTING DESIGN BY GABRIELLE BUTTON

 

COSTUME DESIGN BY KASSIE KELSO &

 

BARBARE WOLFE

PHOTOS BY MARCUS NEWTON

(WO)MAN VS. NATURE 

 

THE LAWS OF MAN ATTEMPTING TO DEFY THOSE OF NATURE.

BOTH WORLDS NEEDED A PRESENCE ONSTAGE IN HEANEY'S VERSION OF ANTIGONE. SHOWING THE ATTEMPTED DOMINANCE OF ONE, WHILE ALSO DEMONSTRATING THE INCREDIBLE RESILIENCE OF ANOTHER WAS NO EASY TASK.

THE "MAN-MADE" PORTION OF THE STAGE WAS CONSTRUCTED OF HARD ANGLES AND WASHED OUT TONES, BUT CONSCIOUSLY SHOWN TO BE MADE OF NATURALLY DERIVED MATERIALS OF STONE, DIRT, AND BURLAP.

THE NATURAL WORLD WAS SCULPTED TO CREATE ORGANIC SHAOES AND ENSURE NO HARD LINES OR UNNATURAL SHAPES. THE LANDSCAPE WAS MORE VIBRANT IN COLORS, PRIMARILY COMPOSED OF BLUES AND GREENS. THE PATH LED OFF INTO THE UNKNOWN WHERE MANY CHARACTERS WOULD MEET THEIR FATES.

At THE END OF THIS TRAGEDY IT IS CLEAR THAT NATURE WILL ALWAYS TRIUMPH OVER MAN, AND THIS COULD BE SEEN BY THE BEGINNINGS OF SOME OVERGROWTH WHERE  THE PARTS OF THE MOUNTAIN HAD BEEN CUT AWAY TO BUILD THE PALACE OF THEBES.