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Teatro El Público: Antigonón, un contingente épico

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Two myths collide in one epic explosion of poetry and heroics. Written by Rogelio Orizondo, directed by Carlos Díaz, and presented by Havana's provocative Teatro el Público, this spectacle fuses the legend of Antigone with old and new Cuban heroes.

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Antigonón, un contingente épico
Two myths collide in one epic explosion of poetry and heroics in this new production from Havana's provocative Teatro el Público. From sharp young playwright Rogelio Orizondo and the audacious and unwavering director Carlos Díaz, this brave work departs from the myth of Sophocles's Antigone to fuse with old and new figures from Cuban history. Icons are reborn and others are abandoned--in particular, the myth of renowned poet José Martí, considered the founder of Cuban revolutionary thought.
Structured on a series of non-linear monologues and embroidered with exotically absurd costumes that the five-member cast dons and sheds rapid-fire as they work through dozens of different characters, Antigonón, un contingente épico flows poetically like a series of flashbacks, all set against a backdrop of archival film clips. The text reflects a new view of contemporary Cuba from a subtle perspective that slices through moments of the island's past and surprises us with questions regarding the present, including the country's strained relationship with its own history.
Performed in Spanish with projected English titles. 

Please be advised that this performance includes scenes of nudity. Recommended for age 18 and up.

Performance Timing: Approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes, with no intermission.

Includes a free post-performance discussion with Carlos Díaz on March 21.