The Burial at Thebes

by Seamus Heaney

directed by Scott Reynolds

Handcart Ensemble presents "The Burial at Thebes" Artwork by Annie Poon 

The king of Thebes denies the body of a fallen traitor the washing and burial decreed by the gods. A sister of the fallen openly defies the king’s edict, bringing her and the king into a widening conflict wherein neither will brook compromise in any form. In this adaptation of the Greek tragedy Antigone, Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney brings out the primal imagery of Sophocles’ phrases, infusing with vitality this ancient drama of state authority colliding with tribal loyalty and religious zeal. In this New York premiere, Heaney’s words will be joined with a live choral score by Nathan Bowen, whose music for Handcart’s Two Yeats Plays was recently nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award. The masks of master designer Jonathan Becker will also feature prominently, linking the innovations of this production with its Greek past.


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Theatre/Venue Theatre 315 

315 West 47th Street  New York

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